Saturday, March 17, 2012

On March 17

On this day in ...
... 1965, a human 1st walked, or rather floated, in space. He was 30-year-old Aleksei A. Leonov, a lieutenant colonel in the Soviet Air Force. He left the orbiting space capsule he was sharing with another cosmonaut and remained outside for 10 minutes. (credit for image of postage stamp depicting Leonov's feat) No doubt piquing American listeners in that era of the space race, a Soviet official declared that

'the target before us now is the moon, and we hope to reach it in no distant future.'

(Prior March 17 posts are here, here, here, here, and here.)

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