NASA conducts spacewalk as world’s first spacewalker dies

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October 11, 2019 - 5:01 PM

Fellow astronaut Tim Kopra shot this photo of Scott Kelly floating during a 3-hour-and-16-minute spacewalk outside the International Space Station. Tim Kopra/NASA via ZUMA Wire

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Astronauts replaced oversized batteries outside the International Space Station on Friday, as news broke of the death of the world’s first spacewalker.

NASA interrupted live TV coverage of its second spacewalk this week to announce Alexei Leonov’s death at age 85.

Leonov’s 12-minute spacewalk on March 18, 1965, preceded the first U.S. spacewalk by Ed White by less than three months. He also was the Soviet commander of the Apollo-Soyuz joint space mission in 1975, a prelude to the international cooperation seen aboard the current space station.

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