Saturday, March 18, 2017

Voskhod 2 launched 1965, first EVA

Voskhod 2, launched March 18, 1965, carried two cosmonauts, Pavel Belyayev and Alexey Leonov, into space.  Alexey left the capsule to perform the first extra-vehicular activity.  It last only about 10 minutes.

Despite the success of the spacewalk, the cosmonauts experienced problems during the flight and re-entry.  They touched down nearly 400km from the planned landing point.  They landed in a forested section of remote mountains.  Before the rescuers could get to them, night fell and the temperatures dropped below freezing, but they managed to stay alive.

Rescuers on skies finally reached them but it would be another day before they would be able to get back to civilization.

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