Alexei Leonov

Soviet pilot and cosmonaut, first human to conduct a spacewalk (1934-2019)
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Alexei Arkhipovich Leonov (Алексе́й Архи́пович Лео́нов) (30 May 1934 – 11 October 2019) was a Soviet/Russian cosmonaut, Air Force Major general, writer and artist. On 18 March 1965, he became the first human to conduct extravehicular activity (EVA), exiting the capsule during the Voskhod 2 mission for a 12-minute spacewalk.[1] He was born in Listvyanka, West Siberian Krai, Soviet Union.

Alexei Arkhipovich Leonov
Leonov in 1974
Born(1934-05-30)30 May 1934
Died11 October 2019(2019-10-11) (aged 85)
AwardsHero of the Soviet Union (twice)
Space career
Current occupation
  • writer
  • artist
RankMajor General, Soviet Air Force
Time in space
7 days and 32 minutes
SelectionAir Force Group 1
Total EVAs
Total EVA time
12 minutes and 9 seconds
Mission insignia

Leonov died on 11 October 2019 from diabetes-related problems.[2] He was 85.[3] He was the last survivor of the cosmonauts in the Voskhod programme.[4]


  1. "Alexei Leonov: winner of the 2005 IAAA Lucien Rudaux Memorial Award". Archived from the original on 1 July 2007. Retrieved 2007-07-02.
  2. "Soviet Cosmonaut Alexei Leonov Dies at 85". Sputnik News. 11 October 2019. Retrieved 11 October 2019.
  3. Leman, Jennifer (11 October 2019). "Alexei Leonov, the First Man to Walk In Space, Has Died". Popular Mechanics. Retrieved 11 October 2019.
  4. Brown, Mark (31 August 2015). "First picture drawn in space to appear in cosmonauts show in London". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 11 October 2019.

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