Aleksei Leonov deceased

October 11, 2019

Pilot-cosmonaut, one of the earliest space explorers Aleksei Arkhipovich Leonov deceased on October 11, 2019.

Aleksei Leonov added his name to history of the Universe exploration on March 18, 1965 when he did an extravehicular activity for the first time in the world. He performed his second flight into the earth orbit in 1975 as commander of Soyuz-19 spacecraft. Then under the Soviet-American Soyuz-Apollo Program the docking of two spacecraft of two countries was implemented for the first time.

From 1970 to 1991 Leonov was Deputy Head of the Cosmonaut Training Center. He is an author of several inventions, scientific and literary works. A versatile personality and a patriot of his country. Aleksei Arghipovich was widely recognized as a public figure, a space promoter and a painter.

Leonov is Twice Hero of the Soviet Union, decorated with many domestic and foreign orders and medals. This May President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin signed a decree on his awarding the Order of Merit to the Fatherland First Class.

Management and staff express sincere condolences to Aleksei Arkhipovich relatives and friends.

The memory of the legendary space explorer who opened the era of international cooperation in space exploration and the outstanding citizen of his homeland will remain in our hearts forever.

A farewell to Aleksei Arkhipovich Leonov will be held on October 15 at the Federal Military Memorial Cemetery in Mytischi at 11:00 Moscow time.





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