18 Mar 1965 - 18 Mar 2015

The first conquerors of open space

Museum of Cosmonautics

Introduction
It's been 50 years since that memorable day when Alexey Leonov left the Voskhod 2 spacecraft and became the first human in history to perform an extravehicular activity. His spacewalk lasted 20 minutes, from the moment of exiting the spacecraft until the return.
The Training
Pavel Belyayev and Alexey Leonov during the spaceflight training

Alexey Leonov practices jumps on a trampoline

Pavel Belyayev and Alexey Leonov during the spaceflight training

Alexey Leonov during vestibular habituation training on the parallel swing

Cosmonauts Alexey Leonov and Pavel Belyayev are interviewed by a radio journalist after landing

The Flight
Sergey Pavlovich Korolyov, chief rocket engineer and spacecraft designer, at the launch site together with the cosmonaut Pavel Belyayev

Cosmonauts Alexey Leonov and Pavel Belyayev before the launch in the cabin of Voskhod 2

Cosmonaut Alexey Leonov is drawing a sketch during the flight on Voskhod 2 spacecraft

Cosmonaut Alexey Leonov in the airlock of Voskhod 2 spacecraft before the spacewalk

Nowadays it's impossible to build a complex orbital system without leaving a spacecraft. During the recent years the tasks performed by cosmonauts have become more difficult and technically advanced.

The crews regularly perform maintenance and installation works outside of the International Space Station, and conduct various experiments.

Homecoming
Moscovites are greeting the crew of Voskhod 2 spacecraft, Pavel Belyayev and Alexey Leonov

Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev at the ceremonial reception of the cosmonauts Pavel Belyayev and Alexey Leonov

Cosmonauts Alexey Leonov and Pavel Belyayev are being awarded with medals after landing

Memorial Museum of Cosmonautic
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