Aleksei Leonov

Leonov, Aleksei Arkhipovich


Born May 30, 1934, in the village of Listvianka, Tisul’ Raion, Kemerovo Oblast. Pilot and cosmonaut of the USSR; colonel. Hero of the Soviet Union (Mar. 23, 1965). Member of the CPSU since 1957. Son of a miner.

Upon graduating from the Chuguev Military Aviation School in 1957, Leonov served as a pilot in the air force. In 1960 he became a cosmonaut. He graduated from the N. E. Zhukovskii Air Force Engineering Academy in 1968. Leonov made a space flight as copilot on the Voskhod 2 spacecraft with P. I. Beliaev on Mar. 18, 1965. He was the first man to walk in space, remaining outside the ship for 12 minutes at a distance of up to 5 m.

Leonov has been awarded the Order of Lenin, the Order of the Red Star, and various medals. He bears the titles of Hero of Socialist Labor of the People’s Republic of Bulgaria and Hero of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam; he has also been awarded many foreign orders and medals.

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On March 18, 1965, Aleksei Leonov became the first person to walk in space.
In 1965 a different kind of lifeline allowed Soviet cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov to "walk in space" and win another round in the Space Race for the USSR.
1 Gene Cernan, Tom Stafford, John Young Apollo 10 (1969) 11,107 m/s 2 Bill Anders, Frank Borman and Jim Lovell Apollo 8 (1968) 10,807 m/s 3 Charles Conrad and Richard Gordon Gemini11(1966) 8,003 m/s 4 Pavel Belyayev and Aleksei Leonov Voskhod2 (1965) 7,892 m/s 5 Wally Schirra Mercury MA-8 (1962) 7,850 m/s 6 Uri Gargarin Vostok 1(1961) 7,844 m/s 7 Robert White X-15 Flight 34 (1961) 1298m/s 8 Milburn Apt X-2 Flight 17 (1953) 944m/s 9 Chuck Yeager X-1A (1953) 722m/s 10 William Bridgeman D-558-II (1951) 527m/s
1965 In March, Russian Aleksei Leonov became the first spacewalker--attached to a tether for 12 minutes.
In 1965, cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov made the first space walk.
astronauts aboard Apollo 18, and Aleksei Leonov and Valery
In March, Russian Aleksei Leonov spacewalked for 12 minutes attached to a tether.