Tuesday, November 24, 2009

20th Anniv. Space FDC Cosmonaut Leonov 1977 AUTOGRAPH

20th Anniv. Space FDCs Cosmonaut Leonov 1977 AUTOGRAPH
SET of 6 FIRST DAY COVERS, plus Certification

Year : 1977

Country : USSR
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AUTOGRAPHED/SIGNED (really!!) by Cosmonaut Artist Alexei Leonov

Special edition of 6 Official First Day covers commemorating the 20th anniversary of Space Age. "Sputnik 1" launch on Oct.4,1957.The cancellation date is Oct.4,1977 - 20th anniversary of the launching of the first Sputnik.Each cover has also certification of authenticity on the backside signed by N.A.Afanasiev, Deputy General Director of the Post of the USSRCovers are in special illustrated hardcover folder

Alexey Arkhipovich Leonov (Russian) born 30th of May 1934, in Listvyanka, Kemerovo Oblast, Soviet Union, he is a retired Russian cosmonaut and Air Force General and he became the 1st human to conduct a space walk on 18th of March 1965 and Leonov had spent eighteen months undergoing intense training for the mission .

During spacewalk mission on 18th of March 1965 ,he was outside the spacecraft for 12 minutes and 9 seconds , and connected to the craft by a 5.35 meter tether. At the end of the mission, Leonov's spacesuit had inflated in the vacuum of space to the point where he not able to re-enter the airlock. He opened a valve to allow some of the suit's pressure to bleed off, and was barely able to get back inside the spacecraft.