Two NASA astronauts complete almost 7-hour spacewalk

Alexei Leonov was known as Cosmonaut No 11

He gained prominence by performing the first-ever spacewalk for about 10 minutes, secured by a tether.

Leonov attended several anniversary commemorations of the Apollo 11 moon landing as a guest of NASA.

Mr Leonov was a close friend of Mr Yury Gagarin, who became the first human to go to outer space in 1961.

Nasa on Friday offered its sympathies to Leonov's family, saying it was saddened by his death.

After the top of the Chilly Battle, Leonov and Aldrin struck up a friendship, with each astronaut and cosmonaut calling for extra cooperation between Russian Federation and the U.S. in area, and sharing jokes throughout public appearances. He was such a legend that the late science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke named a Soviet spaceship after him in his 2010 sequel to 2001: A Space Odyssey.

The 1965 mission was also celebrated in a 2017 Russian film, "The Spacewalker" where Leonov acted as consultant. -Soviet space flight. It occurred at a time when Russian Federation and the United States, which spent part of the Cold War locked in a space race, were pursuing a policy of detente.

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During his second space voyage on July 15-21, 1975, Leonov, the commander of the crew, participated in the first-ever worldwide docking of the Soviet Union's Soyuz-19 spacecraft and the United States' Apollo-18. "His venture into the vacuum of space began the history of extravehicular activity that makes today's Space Station maintenance possible", NASA tweeted.

The cosmonaut turned 85 in May. For the first time, a Soviet launch was broadcast live worldwide and two days later they rendezvoused with the last Apollo spacecraft to fly.

Leonov was an accomplished artist and writer and his contemporaries described him as warm and likable.

"It's a huge tragedy for us all", said the wife of fellow cosmonaut Boris Volynov, Tamara Volynova.

He helped many cosmonauts and was a "great storyteller", space historian Alexander Glushko said.

He will be buried at the Federal Military Memorial Cemetery on October 15.

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