Ukraine’s first astronaut Leonid Kadenyuk dies at age 67

17:14, 31 January 2018

Leonid Kadenyuk, the famous Ukrainian astronaut and air force pilot passed away on Wednesday morning. He died during the morning run at a local park in Kyiv. The ambulance failed to arrive on time.  

Leonid Kadenyuk was the first astronaut of the independent Ukraine. He joined the country's first space mission in 1995 and later made his flight with a NASA's Columbia in 1997, as part of the international mission STS-87. During the flight, Kadenyuk and his counterparts ran biological tests with plants.