MARKET BUSINESS NEWS: London’s spectacular Russian Space Age exhibition announced by first space walker, Alexei Leonov

Cosmonaut Alexei Leonov, the first human to walk in space fifty years ago, announced the launch of an exhibition at London’s Science Museum of the history of Russia’s Space Programme.

The exhibition – Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age – opens on 18th September and is supported by BP, ART RUSSE and the Blavatnik Family Foundation. The Science Museum says tickets are now on sale.

Mr. Leonov’s 12-minute historic spacewalk occurred on 18th March 1965. Scientists at ground control and the rest of the world hailed the event as a remarkable achievement.

The Museum quotes Mr. Leonov, who said that he and crew mate Pavel Belyayev had faced a series of emergencies during their mission.

After his spacewalk, Leonov battled to get back into the spacecraft. Then the navigation failed and the cosmonauts had to steer the spaceship manually back to Earth. It tumbled violently, exposing the Leonov and Belyayev to ten times the force of gravity.

They landed hundreds of miles off course in the Ural Mountains and had to spend the night in temperatures below -25°C.

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