Cosmic Canvas: Alexey Arkhipovich Leonov

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Countless painters have attempted to capture the beauty of outer space, but how many have actually been there? Behold the paintings of cosmonaut Alexey Arkhipovich Leonov (1934-). A highly decorated player in the history of manned space exploration, Leonov conducted the world's first space walk on March 18, 1965.

Leonov retired in 1991 but continued to produce written and artistic works based on his experiences in space. You'll find an extensive catalog of these images at the link above, but let's take a moment to view some of his paintings in this gallery...

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