Alexei Leonov, the man credited as the first to walk in space has died at the age of 85 the space agency in Russia reports.
Roscosmos released a statement in which they confirmed that Alexei Leonov died on Friday, the 11th of October.
Leonov performed his space walk on the 18th of March 1965. He will now be buried in Moscow in a military service on Tuesday.
There were many tributes for the historic astronaut on social media with many celebrating his achievements.
Fellow Astronaut Scott Kelly said of Leonov: “Cosmonaut #AlexeiLeonov passed away today in Moscow. He was not only the first person to walk in space, but also an accomplished artist. Most significant, however, he was a great human being. Fair winds and following seas my friend. #RIP“
Bryan McDonald said: “Alexei Leonov, who in 1965, became the first human to conduct a spacewalk, died today, in Moscow. The Siberian-born cosmonaut was 85. Leonov was also an accomplished artist & worked in banking after retiring from space exploration.”
Jan Worner who is the Director General of the ESA called him an outstanding ambassador, “I’m sorry to hear of the passing of Alexei Leonov. With his first Space Walk ever, he led the way for many astronauts. He was also an outstanding ambassador for international cooperation. I send my condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.”
Space journalist, Sarah Cruddas bemoaned the loss of a Space giant, “The world has lost a giant of space exploration. We are richer for the endeavours of Alexei Leonov and must honor his life by continuing to push forward the frontiers of space. To the stars, hero.”
Check out other responses below.
So sad to learn of the passing of #AlexeiLeonov—pioneering Russian cosmonaut and the 1st spacewalker. But also a gifted artist, a wonderfully charming & decent human being and my favorite hello when I visited his country. He will be missed. #RIP pic.twitter.com/NOIV3hX730
— Amiko Kelly (@amikokauderer) October 11, 2019
Alexei Leonov was not only the first space walker but quite a character too. Once he greeted me by lifting me a meter off the ground! He was a talented artist and spokesman for the Russian space program, and a wonderful human being. Godspeed, Alexei. pic.twitter.com/pZgpkWgHfH
— Michael Collins (@AstroMCollins) October 12, 2019
R.I.P. Alexei Leonov, the first Spacewalker. A fun, warm and generous man. https://t.co/Fisasw6JZr
— David Saint-Jacques (@Astro_DavidS) October 11, 2019
Farewell Alexei Leonov. Cosmonaut & artist who captured Konstantin Tsiolkovsky’s famous, “…mankind cannot stay in the cradle forever” better than anyone else… #RIPAlexeiLeonov pic.twitter.com/2CEbke48Dd
— Dallas Campbell (@dallascampbell) October 11, 2019
We are sad to learn of the passing of cosmonaut Alexei Leonov, the first person to walk in space and a global ambassador for spaceflight. Learning to work in space began with his first trip outside the spacecraft in 1965. pic.twitter.com/jxAEPjdI76
— National Air and Space Museum (@airandspace) October 11, 2019
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