Soviet cosmonaut Alexei Leonov dies

Leonov was the first man to enter outer space
17:45, 11 October 2019

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Soviet cosmonaut Alexei Leonov has died at the age of 85, Interfax reports.

In March 1965, Leonov became the world's first man to enter outer space.

In July 1975, he participated in the first-ever joint space flight of the Soviet Union “Soyuz 19” and the American “Apollo”, with the docking of ships and the passage of astronauts on neighboring ships.

Alexei Leonov was born on May 30, 1934, in Listvyanka village. His grandfather was sent here for his participation in the events of 1905, and later the parents of the future astronaut moved to Siberia before they had lived in Donbas. Leonov is two time Hero of the Soviet Union.

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It is worth noting that TASS with reference to the astronaut's assistant reports that Leonov will be buried on October 15, at the memorial cemetery in Mytishchi.

As we reported earlier, on January 31, 2018, the first astronaut of independent Ukraine Leonid Kadeniuk died. He was 67. In 1995, he entered the group of astronauts of Ukraine’s National Space Agency. He passed NASA space training on an American reusable spaceship as a payload expert. During the period from November 19 till December 5, 1997, he performed a space flight on American shuttle “Columbia” of the STS-87 mission.

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