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Russian space agency Roscosmos Space Corporation has announced the death of Alexei Leonov- the first person to perform a spacewalk,
The space agency announced friday that he passed this week at the age of 85 .
According to State news agency RIA-Novosti Leonov died after a protracted illness.
Leonov earned his own “first” in the space race between the US and Soviet Union ( Ed White was first American to walk in space)
On March 18, 1965, he embarked on the first spacewalk, spending 12 minutes outside the Voskhod 2 capsule.
Ed White, wouldn’t do so until June that same year.
CNN reported that On the Apollo-Soyuz mission in 1975, Leonov met with US astronauts in space and gave TV viewers tours of their respective crafts, the first time Soviet and US cosmonauts collaborated in space, he was also known to be an artist who brought coloured pencils to space to sketch the view of Earth.
The mission is credited with kick-starting eventual international cooperation aboard the International Space Station.
He will be laid to rest on October 15 at Mytishchi Military Memorial cemetery Moscow.