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50th Anniversary of the First Spacewalks marked with a new stamp issue by Kyrgyz Post

50th Anniversary of the First Spacewalks marked with a new stamp issue by Kyrgyz Post
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StampNews.com got to know that Kyrgyz Express Post (KEP) issued the souvenir sheet consisting two stamps to mark 50th Anniversary of the First Spacewalks. The issue was unveiled and put into circulation on the 2d of July.

In 1965 the first ever extravehicular activity was performed. The first ever heroes to perform this activity were the Soviet pilot-cosmonaut Alexey Leonov and the American astronaut Edward White.

The stamps feature the spacewalk of the Soviet cosmonaut, accompanied by the phrase, in Russian: "Alexey Leonov, March 18, 1965" and the American astronaut in outer space, accompanied by the phrase: "Edward White, June 3, 1965".

50th Anniversary of the First Spacewalks

The Soviets stunned the world with the first spacewalk and the first EVA (extra-vehicular activity), on March 18, 1965. The spacewalk was performed by Alexey Leonov from the Voskhod 2 spacecraft, for 12 minutes outside the spacecraft.

At the end of his spacewalk, the suit stiffening caused a more serious problem: Leonov had to re-enter the capsule through the inflatable cloth airlock.

On June 3, 1965, NASA astronaut Ed White left the safety of his Gemini 4 spacecraft equipped with a spacesuit, a tether and a small gas gun for maneuvering.

For about 23 minutes, White floated near the spacecraft with Earth backdropped behind him.

White was the first to control his motion in space with a Hand-Held Maneuvering Unit, which worked well but only carried enough propellant for 20 seconds.

White found his tether useful for limiting his distance from the spacecraft but difficult to use for moving around.

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