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The first spacewalk was 50 years ago and was almost a disaster

It is 50 years since humans first encountered space — not Sputnik’s first orbit, nor Yuri Gagarin’s first spaceflight — but the first time a crew member stepped out from their spacecraft’s relative protection and immersed themselves in the cold, hostile emptiness of the vacuum. On March 18, 1965, 30-year-old Russian cosmonaut Alexey Leonov completed a 12-minute spacewalk. This feat, and that of Gagarin and Sputnik before, was just one of the many achievements of the Soviet space program in the early years of the space race. Leonov and others who followed him wore specially designed space suits, were tethered and later had helpful gadgets to move them around. Without the tether astronauts would have floated into empty space, with nothing to slow or change direction in frictionless space, with no rescue possible and only an inevitable death as their oxygen supply ran out. If this sounds daunting, imagine being the first ever to have faced this. Read more…More about Vacuum, Astronaut, Space Program, Space Exploration, and Dev Design

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The first spacewalk was 50 years ago and was almost a disaster

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