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Pavel Belyayev

Pavel Belyayev was a cosmonaut who was born on June 26, 1925, in Chelishchevo, Russia.

Belyayev became a cosmonaut in 1960. He has spent over 1 day in space on a single spaceflight. In 1965, Belyayev commanded Voskhod 2. This mission marked the first human to walk in space, fellow cosmonaut Alexei Leonov. The flight only lasted a day due to a failure of the automatic guidance system. Belyayev made a manual re-entry to Earth, causing the craft to land far off course in the Ural Mountains. Belyayev and Leonov had to fight off frigid cold and wolves until a rescue team reached them one day later.

Belyayev died in 1970 of a stomach ulcer. A crater on the moon and an asteroid are named after him.



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