The first person to walk in outer space has died more than 50 years after his incredible feat shaped the Space Race between the Soviet Union and America.
Cosmonaut Alexei Leonov, 85, was pronounced dead at a hospital in Moscow at 12.40pm local time on Friday, according to Russian media.
The national hero’s death was announced by the press service of the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre.
The cause was not given.
Mr Leonov made history on March 18, 1965, when he became the first person to walk in outer space – but he later revealed he almost didn’t make it back to Earth.