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RIP Alexei Leonov

Old 11th Oct 2019, 17:25
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RIP Alexei Leonov

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Old 11th Oct 2019, 18:41
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Sad news. The business about the hatch and suit - the ultimate rock and a hard place...
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Old 11th Oct 2019, 19:40
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Yes, sad indeed. All too soon, all of those space pioneers that I grew up admiring will be gone.
I had the honor of meeting Alexei about 8 years ago at a Seattle Museum of Flight event celebrating the 50th anniversary of manned space flight. He was one of about 50 space dignitaries in attendance (mainly astronauts and flight controllers). What was really interesting was watching the interaction between the Alexei and his American counterparts - one time rivals, now they were best buddies - laughing and joking together...
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They were all a breed apart. RIP Alexei Leonov.
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Old 11th Oct 2019, 22:19
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To my shame Id never even heard of him until today. But I spend every single Atlantic crossing staring in to the skies. He had the privilege of staring down at us. For that alone I doff my cap at the man.
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Who among our senior membership - I am 70 - can forget Comrade Alexei Arkhipovich Leonov? The first human being to "walk" in space at a time when we earthbound souls could only look up and dream. He nearly died when his space suit ballooned and complicated his entry into his spacecraft. Cosmonaut Leonov was sufficiently brave to catch the attention of science fiction writer/futurist/inventor/seer Arthur C. Clarke, who named a rather impressive space vehicle after him!

The Alexei Leonov


And the Cosmonaut:


May He Rest Peacefully Among the Stars.

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Old 12th Oct 2019, 07:20
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..What was really interesting was watching the interaction between the Alexei and his American counterparts - one time rivals, now they were best buddies - laughing and joking together...
I know you will know this td but for those that don't Leonov had a reputation for being one of the most personable of the early cosmonauts. Of course he had a special affinity with the early'ishNASA astronauts and those working at NASA at that time because as well as flying on Voskhod 2 he commanded the Soyuz element of the Apollo/Soyuz mission in '75.

https://www.houstonchronicle.com/loc...photo-17075792

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo...z_Test_Project


BTW there's a Russian language feature film based on the Voskhod 2 flight (a flight which had a few hairy moments aside from the EVA) , in Europe it was released ( in 2017) under the title of SpaceWalk

If you cut it a bit of slack for artistic licence it's actually not a bad watch - was available for free quite recently on one of the online streaming services..the lot that has a river in it's name...

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To my shame Id never even heard of him until today. But I spend every single Atlantic crossing staring in to the skies. He had the privilege of staring down at us. For that alone I doff my cap at the man.
It is not easy to see the Cold War history accurately. In the UK we get nothing but NASA and the notable 'seconds'. The second bit quietly glossed over in most documentaries. Once Louis Armstrong sang on the moon nothing else much mattered. True history takes a while to be written. Enigma is a classic example. You can't really rely on the accuracy of any strategic history written before that.

They were/are all amazing men and women. On the ground. In the air. In space.

Watch the film! Up there with Apollo 13
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Old 12th Oct 2019, 09:31
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My dad was training him and all other first cosmonauts in 60's and then I myself worked with him (well, under his command) for 10+ years when he was a major general already.He was a very nice person to communicate with - open, often joking, informal.
Sadly, he was suffering for about two last years, it did not happen instantly.
The funeral will be on Tue. I hope some of our US friends will be able to be here too.
R.I.P.
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Thomas Stafford indeed arrived here to say farewell to his Russian friend. What a great man! He saw the Moon surface only 10 miles away even before Neil Armstrong. He is 89+ now, and a trip "across the pond" is not that easy any more especially as it is not for pleasure. We all here are full of respect.

Tom even said some words in Russian: https://new9.ru/img.php?ipt=https://...__1200x630.gif

Here he is with Valentina Tereshkova - first woman in space: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EG6zBezX4AMxnc-.jpg

All the best to him.
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Old 17th Oct 2019, 00:15
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RIP Comrade Leonov.
All - I recommend reading Boris Chertok's `Rockets and People' to get a full scope of the Soviet Space program.
Four volumes long, but reads like a novel - very interesting.
Astonishing story - and will give you new respect for what the USSR managed to achieve.
The film looks great!
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Old 17th Oct 2019, 12:12
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RIP Comrade Leonov.
All - I recommend reading Boris Chertok's `Rockets and People' to get a full scope of the Soviet Space program.
Four volumes long, but reads like a novel - very interesting.
Astonishing story - and will give you new respect for what the USSR managed to achieve.
Seconded...
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Another one of my heroes has left us.
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Old 18th Oct 2019, 11:03
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In remembering Leonov we should not forget the equally brave cosmonauts and astronauts who died in their missions and did not return safely to earth.
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In remembering Leonov we should not forget the equally brave cosmonauts and astronauts who died in their missions and did not return safely to earth.
I don't think those of us who contribute to these particular threads have forgotten the crew members killed in the the 4 fatal inflight spaceflight accidents (plus of course the crew of Apollo 1) Sallyann, far from it....For example just yesterday I was looking at an obituary of Leonov which contained an a image of a group of the early cosmonauts and recognised with some sadness a smiling Vladimir Komarov

( FWIW here is the image, he's next to Gagarin ..least I think it is him, A Van will set me straight if I am wrong)

https://modemworld.files.wordpress.c...cosmonauts.jpg

It has however become common here to acknowledge the passing of the early astronauts and cosmonauts (e.g; John Young, Alan Bean to name just two ) with an individual thread...

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Old 18th Oct 2019, 17:41
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Originally Posted by wiggy View Post
I don't think those of us who contribute to these particular threads have forgotten the crew members killed in the the 4 fatal inflight spaceflight accidents (plus of course the crew of Apollo 1) Sallyann, far from it....For example just yesterday I was looking at an obituary of Leonov which contained an a image of a group of the early cosmonauts and recognised with some sadness a smiling Vladimir Komarov

( FWIW here is the image, he's next to Gagarin ..least I think it is him, A Van will set me straight if I am wrong)

https://modemworld.files.wordpress.c...cosmonauts.jpg ...
You are perfectly right. Komarov is left in the first row.
My dad told me that Komarov estimated his chances for safe return on Soyuz-1 as much less than 50% because he saw and understood (having engineering background) that many things were done in a rush. Neverthelss he did not hesitate to fly. BTW, Gagarin was his back-up for that flight.
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Old 18th Oct 2019, 18:42
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Thanks A Van..

If folks will forgive me but just to continue the minor thread drift for a moment - I hadn't seen that particular image before and the copy I saw attached to a Leonov obituary didn't name any of the the individuals other than Leonov himself. I recognise many of the faces but not all - as it's a group of eleven I'm guessing it is all the Vostock and Voskhod crew members - is that correct?
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......... as it's a group of eleven I'm guessing it is all the Vostock and Voskhod crew members - is that correct?
Yes, absolutely correct.

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I can recommend "Two Sides of the Moon"

by David Scott (Author), Alexei Leonov (Author)

I'm fortunate that my copy was signed by David Scott
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