Shortly after beginning their spacewalk, Expedition 59 Commander Oleg Kononenko and Flight Engineer Alexey Ovchinin of the Russian space agency Roscosmos recorded birthday greetings for the first person to spacewalk, Russian cosmonaut Alexei Leonov. Leonov’s 85th birthday is tomorrow, Thursday, May 30.
On 18 March, 1965, Leonov became the first person to leave a spacecraft in a spacesuit to conduct a spacewalk, exiting the capsule during the Voskhod 2 mission for a 12-minute spacewalk.
Kononenko and Ovchinin also added signs to the backs of their Orlon spacesuits to honor the first spacewalker. Kononenko’s suit with the red stripes bears a sign that says “1st spacewalker”, and the sign on Ovchinin’s suit with the blue stripes says, “Happy birthday, Alexei Arkhipovich,” Leonov’s family name.
4 thoughts on “Russian Spacewalkers Wish Happy Birthday to First Spacewalker Alexei Leonov”
Happy Blessed Birthday Alexey Leonov and enjoy your 85th Birthday and God Bless in Moscow!!
Happy 85th Alexei!
Happy Birthday! Mine was just on Sunday. Lol I love any & all news about the ISS. Truly a fan of space & all those who are involved.
Suzy Q Fowler
Happy Birthday, God bless you.