Soviet space walk stamp, 1967

Soviet space walk stamp, 1967

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Caption: Soviet space walk stamp. 1967 postage stamp, published in the USSR to commemorate the world's first space walk. The stamp artwork shows Soviet cosmonaut Alexei Leonov (born 1934), outside the Voskhod 2 spacecraft in a spacesuit on 18 March 1965, while orbiting the Earth (in background). Voskhod 2 had launched earlier that day, and Leonov exited the spacecraft at 08:30 UTC. He remained outside for 10 minutes, before trying to re-enter the spacecraft. Because his suit had ballooned while outside, he had to let some of his air out before he could successfully re-enter. Cameras mounted on the airlock (lower left) were meant to record the space walk, but had to be abandoned due to the spacesuit problems.

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