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Cause Of Yuri Gagarin Death Finally Revealed By Fellow Cosmonaut
2013-06-18 09:17:12

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online For more than 45 years, the death of Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, the first human to cross the Earth´s threshold and venture into space, has been shrouded in secrecy. But now, details of his 1968 death have been released by none other than the first man to walk in space, Aleksey Leonov. Gagarin, who became the first man to travel into space on April 12, 1961, was killed when his MiG-15 aircraft crashed on March 27, 1968....

Apollo-Soyuz: When Two Rival Nations Became One Group Of Spacemen
2012-07-17 11:20:19

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Today marks the anniversary of when two rival nations erased a line, and met in space for the first time. On July 17, 1975, American astronauts and Soviet Union cosmonauts rendezvoused and docked in space, starting a new era of international cooperation and partnership. In the modern space world, having astronauts from different countries meet-up in space is not an unusual idea, because for over a decade they have been doing so on...

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2010-07-22 12:19:40

U.S. astronauts reunited with Soviet cosmonauts on Wednesday to mark the 35th anniversary of their "handshake in space" in 1975 at the height of the Cold War. Apollo astronauts Tom Stafford and Vance Brand joked with Soyuz cosmonaut Alexei Leonov over their troubles communicating after the initial greetings that took place when the two space crafts docked on July 17, 1975. The three men shook hands as the hatches opened, marking the start of the East-West space cooperation following years...

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2010-07-14 12:43:56

Most of us take it for granted today that American astronauts and Russian cosmonauts live and work together in Earth orbit. They've been doing it for years, first in the Shuttle-Mir program, and now on the International Space Station. But before the two Cold War-rivals first met in orbit in 1975, such a partnership seemed unlikely. Since Sputnik bleeped into orbit in 1957, the superpowers were driven by the Space Race, with the U.S. and then-Soviet Union driven more by competition than...

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2009-05-30 09:55:00

Alexei Leonov, the first person to walk in space, marked his 75 birthday Saturday with a telegram from Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. You belong to the eminent corps of Russia's first cosmonauts, Dmitry said, calling Leonov a man of the highest professionalism and personal courage. Leonov, twice honored as a Hero of the Soviet Union, was one of 20 Russian air force pilots selected as the first cosmonaut group in 1960, Itar-Tass reported Saturday. He made his historic 12-minute, 9-second...

2008-09-29 18:00:13

By STEPHEN WHITE THREE Chinese astronauts returned home as heroes yesterday after a 68-hour journey that saw their country's first space walk. Zhai Zhigang, Liu Boming and Jing Haipeng made a dusk parachute landing in their capsule in China's Inner Mongolia region. Some 300 waiting officials clapped and handed them flowers. Zhai, the only crew member to go on the 20-minute walk, said: "It was a glorious mission. I'm proud of my country." The trio will spend two weeks in quarantine....

2008-09-29 14:40:54

Text of report by corporate-owned Russian military news agency Interfax-AVN website Moscow, 25 September, Interfax-AVN: Russia must think about stepping up its cooperation in space with China, according to Andrey Ionin, a corresponding member of the Tsiolkovskiy Russian Academy of Space Exploration. "Today we must think about who our key partners in space are. Now may well be the time to shift our gaze from the West to the East. The economic, technological and political centres are moving...

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2005-07-26 18:56:52

MOSCOW -- Veteran U.S. and Russian space pilots recalled the historic 1975 Apollo-Soyuz space mission Tuesday, sharing memories about the landmark docking that helped ease tensions between the two superpowers in the midst of the Cold War. Speaking at a news conference in Moscow, the cosmonauts and astronauts also sent along their best wishes for the space shuttle Discovery, which was successfully launched later in the day. "As we say in America, 'Break a leg,'" Vance Brand said before...

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2005-07-13 10:59:03

NASA -- For more than a decade, American astronauts and Russian cosmonauts have been regularly living and working together in Earth orbit, first in the Shuttle-Mir program, and now on the International Space Station. This international partnership is the hallmark of modern space exploration, the backdrop for President Bush's declaration that humanity's future explorations of the cosmos must be "a journey, not a race." But before the two Cold War-rivals first met in orbit in 1975, such a...


Latest Alexey Leonov Reference Libraries

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2010-11-18 18:20:21

Pavel Belyayev was a cosmonaut who flew on the historic Voskhod 2 mission. He was born Pavel Ivanovich Belyayev on June 26, 1925 in Chelizshevo, USSR. He graduated from the Air Force Academy in Sarapul in 1944, and also from the Military Fighter Pilot School Yeis a year later. Belyayev was active in the Soviet Air force and Navy for over fifteen years before he was selected for the space program in 1960. He was originally scheduled to fly the Vostok 8 mission into Earth's Van Allen radiation...

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negawatt
  • A unit of saved energy.
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