Alexei Leonov, the First Spacewalker, Has Died at Age 85

Alexei Leonov, the First Spacewalker, Has Died at Age 85”

The form of the medal itself was inspired by Leonov's drawing, his first spacewalk and the home-built electric guitar of Queen band member and astrophysicist Brian May.

"A tribute to Leonov as today is a spacewalk", Mission Control in Houston said.

On the Apollo-Soyuz mission in 1975, Leonov met with United States astronauts in space and gave TV viewers tours of their respective crafts, the first time Soviet and USA cosmonauts collaborated in space.

"We had this tradition that he would give cosmonauts pep talks before they board the spacecraft", Kononenko said.

Leonov made history on 18 March, 1965, when he conducted the first extravehicular activity (EVA) in the history of mankind.

The Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Moscow Oblast confirmed Leonov's death.

After the top of the Chilly Battle, Leonov and Aldrin struck up a friendship, with each astronaut and cosmonaut calling for extra cooperation between Russian Federation and the USA in area, and sharing jokes throughout public appearances.

Stanley Kubrick's 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey included recordings of Leonov's breathing in space.

He was then chosen to be the first cosmonaut to land on the moon, but the catastrophic explosion of the Soviet N-1 moon rocket in 1969 abruptly ended Russia's moon aspirations.

Spacewalks are now a routine part of space work.

The cosmonaut turned 85 in May. Leonov is two time Hero of the Soviet Union. He is survived by his widow Svetlana and his younger daughter Oksana.

"It's a huge tragedy for us all", said the wife of fellow cosmonaut Boris Volynov, Tamara Volynova.

He also helped U.S. astronaut Tom Stafford adopt two Russian boys.

The memorial service and the funeral are expected to take place on 15 October, at the Federal Military Memorial Cemetery.

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