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MAJOR GENERAL ALEXEI LEONOV - PHOTOGRAPH SIGNED - HFSID 224292

 
ALEXEI LEONOV
The cosmonaut pens his signature on this 5¾x3½ black and white photo

Photograph signed: "A. Leonov" in Russian. B/w, 5¾x3½. Russian cosmonauts (including Leonov) and American astronauts (including Slayton) touring the Russian city of Kiev. Alexei Leonov (b.1934) and Slayton were two of the five crew members on the 1975 Apollo-Soyuz Test Project. In 1965, Leonov became the first man to walk in space (Voskhod 2). On July 15, 1975, an Apollo spacecraft carrying Stafford, Slayton, and Brand was launched from Florida. About seven hours earlier, a Soyuz spacecraft carrying Leonov and Kubasov was launched from Kazakhstan in the first-ever live launch televised by the Russians. On July 17th, Apollo and Soyuz docked in space. Minor surface creases (not evident head-on). Otherwise, fine condition.



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MAJOR GENERAL ALEXEI LEONOV
Born: May 30, 1934 in Kemerovo Oblast, USSR

Alexey Arkhipovich Leonov was born 30 May 1934 in Listvyanka, Kemerovo Oblast, Soviet Union, is a retired Soviet/Russian cosmonaut and Air Force Major General who, on 18 March 1965, became the first human to conduct an extra-vehicular activity (EVA), also known as a space walk.

Leonov was one of the 20 Soviet Air Force pilots selected to be part of the first cosmonaut group in 1960. Like all the Soviet cosmonauts Leonov was a member of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. His walk in space was originally to have taken place on the Vostok 11 mission, but this was cancelled, and the historic event happened on the Voskhod 2 flight instead. He was outside the spacecraft for 12 minutes and nine seconds on 18 March 1965, connected to the craft by a 5.35-meter tether. At the end of the spacewalk, Leonov's spacesuit had inflated in the vacuum of space to the point where he could not re-enter the airlock. He opened a valve to allow some of the suit's pressure to bleed off, and was barely able to get back inside the capsule. Leonov had spent some eighteen months undergoing intensive weightlessness training for the mission.




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