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Alexei Leonov, the Russian cosmonaut credited with the first ever space walk, has passed away aged 85.
Leonov spent 12 minutes outside the Voskhod 2 capsule on March 18, 1965. He beat American astronaut Ed White to a similar feat by less than three months.
Leonov was also an accomplished artist. He was known to bring color pencils into space so he could paint what he saw. One of Leonov’s best-known pieces is a hand-painted depiction of the sun rising over Earth.
He passed away in Moscow from natural causes in recent days.