• Short Summary

    LIEUTENANT-COLONEL ALEXEI LEONOV IS THE FIRST HUMAN BEING TO LEAVE AN ORBITING SPACECRAFT IN OUTER SPACE.

  • Description

    LIEUTENANT-COLONEL ALEXEI LEONOV IS THE FIRST HUMAN BEING TO LEAVE AN ORBITING SPACECRAFT IN OUTER SPACE. HE PERFORMED THIS FEAT TODAY (THURSDAY) WHEN HE CLIMBED OUTSIDE VOSKHOD 2 -- THE LATEST SOVIET MANNED SATELLITE.

    VOSKHOD 2 WAS LAUNCHED EARLY TODAY WITH TWO SPACEMEN ABOARD. THEY ARE LIEUTENANT-COLONEL LEONOV, AND COLONEL PAVEL BELYAYEV. LEONOV LEFT THE SPACECRAFT AS IT ORBITED, AND STAYED FOR TWENTY MINUTES ON THE OUTSIDE.

    TWO HOURS AFTER THE SPACEMAN WAS SAFELY BACK INSIDE THE CRAFT, MOSCOW TELEVISION VIEWERS SAW A DRAMATIC VIDEO-TAPE OF THE EVENT. THEY SAW THE YOUNG, FAIR-HAIRED COSMONAUT, CAREFULLY SHIELDED IN A SPECIALLY-EQUIPPED SPACESUIT AND HELMET, STEP GINGERLY OUT OF THE HATCH OF THE SPACECRAFT.

    FOR SOME TIME HE HELD ON TO A HANDRAIL -- THEN HE STOOD UP. FOR A FEW SECONDS HE FLOATED IN A HORIZONTAL POSITION. THEN HE LET GO OF THE SPACESHIP ALTOGETHER, AND LET HIMSELF BACK TO THE SIDE OF THE CRAFT AND CLAMBERED BACK INTO THE MATCH.

    TO THE VIEWERS, THE SPACEMAN SEEMED TO BE MOVING LIKE A FISH, WITH GENTLE FLOWING MOVEMENTS -- BUT THE EVENTS THEY SAW WERE TAKING PLACE WHILE VOSKHOD 2 WAS HURTLING AROUND THE EARTH AT 5 MILES A SECOND (8 KM PER SECOND).

    THE NEWS OF THE ACHIEVEMENTS WAS GREETED WITH REJOICING THROUGHOUT THE SOVIET UNION, AND ACCLAMATION FROM SCIENTISTS AND LAYMEN AROUND THE WORLD, HUNDREDS OF MUSCOVITES GATHERED IN RED SQUARE TO HEAR LATEST NEWS OF THE STILL ORBITING SPACEMEN.

    SCIENTIST SAY THAT THE RISKS INVOLVED IN THIS EXPERIMENT WERE TREMENDOUS. HAD ONE OF THE MILLIONS OF PARTICLES, THAT ORBIT THE EARTH IN A STEADY STREAM, PUNCTURED HIS SUIT, LEONOV WOULD HAVE DIED AN INSTANT BURNING DEATH. OR IF HIS LIFELINE HAD SNAPPED HE WOULD HAVE BECOME A HUMAN SATELLITE -- STAYING IN ORBIT FOR ABOUT A FORTNIGHT BEFORE BURNING UP IN THE EARTH'S ATMOSPHERE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAOHA99JS27BXBU5X9V6WVFGCW
    Media URN:
    VLVAAOHA99JS27BXBU5X9V6WVFGCW
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/03/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:35:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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