Soviet cosmonaut Alexei Leonov has died aged 85, the Russian
media reported on Friday evening.
Leonov made history in 1965 as the first person to
The cosmonaut floated above earth for about twelve minutes
while tethered to his spaceship. The historic moment was not without an
incident as Leonov’s spacesuit inflated as he tried to get back into the
Leonov’s achievement was lauded by the USSR as win the space
supremacy battle with the US.
Leonov later commanded Soyuz-Apollo, the first-ever joint
US-Soviet mission in 1975.
Prior to his demise on Friday, Leonov was hospitalized at
Moscow’s Burdenko hospital where he was battling a long illness.
Russian President Vladmir Putin led the nation in mourning
the space icon saying he admired Leonov’s courage.
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