Goggles, Pilot, Aleksei Leonov, USSR

These protective goggles were part of Aleksei Leonov's gear that he used while in service to the U.S.S.R. cosmonaut corps and Air Force. Leonov became famous in March 1965, when he opened the hatch to his Voskhod 2 spacecraft while it was orbiting the Earth and climbed out, to perform the world's first walk in space.

After his 1965 flight, Leonov became an ambassador for spaceflight and traveled throughout the world to tell his story about his historic mission. Unlike the American astronauts, the Soviet cosmonauts retained their military rank and status while they served in the cosmonaut corps. Even the lone woman in the corps, Valentina Tereshkova, obtained a military rank during the course of her service. Among the early cosmonauts of the 1960s, only one, Konstantin Feoktistov did not receive a military commission. For those reasons, Leonov's military uniform is a symbol of the close relationship that the Soviet space program had with the Ministry of Defense.

Aleksei Leonov donated this uniform the National Air and Space Museum.

Gift of Aleksei Leonov

Country of Origin
Union of Soviet Socialist Republics

Astronaut
Aleksei Arkhipovich Leonov
Manufacturer
Unknown

Type
PERSONAL EQUIPMENT-Helmets & Headwear

Materials
LENS - PLASTIC
LINING - CHAMOIS, NATURAL RUBBER
STRAP - ELASTIC, STEEL
Dimensions
3-D: 21 x 10cm (8 1/4 x 3 15/16 in.)

These protective goggles were part of Aleksei Leonov's gear that he used while in service to the U.S.S.R. cosmonaut corps and Air Force. Leonov became famous in March 1965, when he opened the hatch to his Voskhod 2 spacecraft while it was orbiting the Earth and climbed out, to perform the world's first walk in space.

After his 1965 flight, Leonov became an ambassador for spaceflight and traveled throughout the world to tell his story about his historic mission. Unlike the American astronauts, the Soviet cosmonauts retained their military rank and status while they served in the cosmonaut corps. Even the lone woman in the corps, Valentina Tereshkova, obtained a military rank during the course of her service. Among the early cosmonaut of the 1960s, only one, Konstantin Feoktistov did not receive a military commission. For those reasons, Leonov's military uniform is a symbol of the close relationship that the Soviet space program had with the ministry.

Aleksei Leonov donated this uniform the National Air and Space Museum.

These protective goggles were part of Aleksei Leonov's gear that he used while in service to the U.S.S.R. cosmonaut corps and Air Force. Leonov became famous in March 1965, when he opened the hatch to his Voskhod 2 spacecraft while it was orbiting the Earth and climbed out, to perform the world's first walk in space.

After his 1965 flight, Leonov became an ambassador for spaceflight and traveled throughout the world to tell his story about his historic mission. Unlike the American astronauts, the Soviet cosmonauts retained their military rank and status while they served in the cosmonaut corps. Even the lone woman in the corps, Valentina Tereshkova, obtained a military rank during the course of her service. Among the early cosmonauts of the 1960s, only one, Konstantin Feoktistov did not receive a military commission. For those reasons, Leonov's military uniform is a symbol of the close relationship that the Soviet space program had with the Ministry of Defense.

Aleksei Leonov donated this uniform the National Air and Space Museum.

Gift of Aleksei Leonov

Country of Origin
Union of Soviet Socialist Republics

Astronaut
Aleksei Arkhipovich Leonov
Manufacturer
Unknown

Type
PERSONAL EQUIPMENT-Helmets & Headwear

Materials
LENS - PLASTIC
LINING - CHAMOIS, NATURAL RUBBER
STRAP - ELASTIC, STEEL
Dimensions
3-D: 21 x 10cm (8 1/4 x 3 15/16 in.)

These protective goggles were part of Aleksei Leonov's gear that he used while in service to the U.S.S.R. cosmonaut corps and Air Force. Leonov became famous in March 1965, when he opened the hatch to his Voskhod 2 spacecraft while it was orbiting the Earth and climbed out, to perform the world's first walk in space.

After his 1965 flight, Leonov became an ambassador for spaceflight and traveled throughout the world to tell his story about his historic mission. Unlike the American astronauts, the Soviet cosmonauts retained their military rank and status while they served in the cosmonaut corps. Even the lone woman in the corps, Valentina Tereshkova, obtained a military rank during the course of her service. Among the early cosmonaut of the 1960s, only one, Konstantin Feoktistov did not receive a military commission. For those reasons, Leonov's military uniform is a symbol of the close relationship that the Soviet space program had with the ministry.

Aleksei Leonov donated this uniform the National Air and Space Museum.

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