VOSKHOD-2

1965 - Moscow
1965 - Moscow

International Post Office

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1965 - Moscow
1965 - Moscow
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1965 - Minsk
1965 - Minsk
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1965 - Kaliningrad
1965 - Kaliningrad

Alexey Leonov lived in Kaliningrad from 1947 till mid 50s

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1965 - Kaliningrad
1965 - Kaliningrad

welcome meeting

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1965 - Liepaja
1965 - Liepaja
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1965 - Donetsk
1965 - Donetsk

club cover

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Sokolov and Leonov
Sokolov and Leonov

1975

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1966 - Perm
1966 - Perm

1st anniversary

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15th Anniversary of Space Age
15th Anniversary of Space Age

issued Sep 14, 1972

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15th Anniversary of Space Age
15th Anniversary of Space Age

issued Sep 14, 1972

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15th Anniversary of Space Age
15th Anniversary of Space Age

issued Sep 14, 1972

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15th Anniversary of Space Age
15th Anniversary of Space Age

issued Sep 14, 1972

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15th Anniversary of Space Age
15th Anniversary of Space Age

issued Sep 14, 1972

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15th Anniversary of Space Age
15th Anniversary of Space Age

issued Sep 14, 1972

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1975 - Moscow
1975 - Moscow

10th anniversary Space Voyage cachet

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1980 - Baikonur
1980 - Baikonur

15th anniversary of Leonov spacewalk

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1980 - Kemerovo
1980 - Kemerovo

15th anniversary of Leonov spacewalk Leonov lived in Kemerovo 1937-1947 The souvenir sheet reproduced Leonov painting with his signature on the left

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1985 - Star City
1985 - Star City

20th anniversary

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1990 - Star City
1990 - Star City

25th anniversary

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2005 - Vologda
2005 - Vologda

40th anniversary

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2005 - Vologda
2005 - Vologda

Pavel Belyaev 80th anniversary

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2015 - Vologda
2015 - Vologda

Pavel Belyaev 90th anniversary

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2015 - Vologda
2015 - Vologda

Pavel Belyaev 90th anniversary

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2015
2015

50th anniversary of Leonov spacewalk

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2015 - Moscow
2015 - Moscow

FDC

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2015 - Vologda
2015 - Vologda

1992 ISY club postcard

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2015 - Vologda
2015 - Vologda

50th anniversary of Leonov spacewalk

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2015 - Vologda
2015 - Vologda

50th anniversary of Leonov spacewalk

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2015 - Star City
2015 - Star City

50th anniversary of Leonov spacewalk

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2015 - Moscow
2015 - Moscow

50th anniversary of Leonov spacewalk

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2015 - Moscow
2015 - Moscow
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2015 - Kaluga
2015 - Kaluga

only 300 official cards were cancelled in Kaluga

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2015 - Baikonur
2015 - Baikonur

50th anniversary of Voskhod-2 spaceflight

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2015 - Baikonur
2015 - Baikonur

50th anniversary of Voskhod-2 spaceflight

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2015 - Baikonur
2015 - Baikonur

50th anniversary of Leonov spacewalk

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2015 - Baikonur
2015 - Baikonur

50th anniversary of Leonov spacewalk

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2015 - Perm
2015 - Perm

50th anniversary of Voskhod-2 spaceflight Usolye, Perm region - landing site of Voskhod-2

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2015 - Perm
2015 - Perm

50th anniversary of Voskhod-2 spaceflight Usolye, Perm region - landing site of Voskhod-2

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2015 - Saint Petersburg
2015 - Saint Petersburg

Space Fleet series cover of G&G publishing house dedicated to 50th anniversary of first spacewalk The cover shows M/V Nevel, that actually had no connection to Voskhod-2 flight, as it was commissioned in 1967.

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2015
2015

50th anniversary of first spacewalk private design

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2015
2015

50th anniversary of first spacewalk private design

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2017
2017

"Time of Firsts" movie cachet

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The flight of Voskhod-2 with Pavel Belyaev and Alexey Leonov was full of near-misses. As Leonov recalled – there were 7 accidents during this flight and half of them could have led to the catastrophe. The spacewalk itself proved to be almost a booby trap, when Leonov struggled with the spacesuit to get into the ship. He suffered from abnormally high heart rate and sweating, almost experienced a heatstroke plus decompression sickness while playing with the pressure in his suit. In order to get safely to the ship, he breached several instructions.

Due to the decompression following the overheating, additional amounts of oxygen were pushed into the cabin, worsening Leonovs condition. After creating overpressure inside the cabin, some structure elements forced to be pushed out and finally sealed the leak.

The landing automation system went down and Belyaev initiated manual control over the ship. Due to the cabin design he could not manage it while seating in his chair, but had to unbuckle and do everything while floating weightless. Finally after additional unplanned revolution he set the direction and initiated deorbiting. Due to the delay of Belyaev getting to the chair and buckle, the ship missed landing point by 165 kilometers, touching down in a remote location near Perm. Rescue airplane spotted the landing zone and guided a couple of local scouts who built a small log tent. Next day the helicopters provided supplies and additional rescues coupled with the team to be extracted after a second night in the woods.

In 1968 Leonov was a member of a second crew for Zond-7 flight around the Moon, but the manned flight was cancelled, although the cosmonauts wrote a letter to the leaders of USSR about their readiness for sacrifice to get first to the Moon.

In late 60s Leonov teamed with fantasy artist Andrey Sokolov and created a series of paintings that were published in space related albums and reproduced on stamps. The first one issued in 1967 – “Stars, wait for us!” The most famous and widely known stamp series is 6 stamps of “15 Years of Space Age” that were also issued in mini-sheets.  The stamps issued in 1972 used a combination of real-life and fantasy paintings.

Pavel Belyaev died from peritonitis on Jan 10, 1970. Although serving in a Cosmonaut Team he was never appointed to any flight crew.

In 1971 Leonov was a commander of ill-fated Soyuz-11, but two days before the start the crews were switched due to Valery Kubasov sickness. The backup crew of Volkov, Dobrovosly and Patsaev was launched and died during the landing accident.

In 1975 Leonov commanded Soyuz-19 docking with Apollo, which became widely publicized milestone of USSR-USA space cooperation both technically and politically.  

In 2015 a stamp was issued to commemorate the 50th anniversary of spacewalk, issued in 495,000 pieces (33,000 sheets), special postmarks were prepared for Moscow, Kaluga and Vologda (birthplace of Pavel Belyaev). Official card was issued in 15,000 pieces. Baikonur branch of Russian Post – BaikonurSvyazInform prepared two types of special cancellations on dedicated cards. Several private designs should also be mentioned.