Path built to remote crash landing of Voskhod-2 spacecraft

Date:10 September 2020 Author: Leila Stein

The landing site of the Voskhod-2 spacecraft in the remote wilderness in Russia can now be visited thanks to a new eco-trail.

In 1965, Russian cosmonaut Alexei Leonov made history as the first human to complete a successful spacewalk. It lasted 12 minutes and made him the first human to ever enter space. It was a dangerous task and almost ended badly as his suit inflated too much to return to the capsule. Leonov had to carefully bleed air before managing to squeeze through the hatch.

Tragedy struck again, however when his spacecraft was returning to Earth.

As a result of a malfunction, it plummeted towards the ground and crashed 300km north of the city of Perm in Russia, far beyond the intended landing site.

Leonov and fellow cosmonaut Pavel Belyayev survived the crash but had to spend days in sub-zero temperatures before the Soviet government managed to locate them.

Since this incident access to the site remained difficult because of its remote setting and dense forest which surrounds it.

Now, visitors can access this fascinating site thanks to an eco-trail project called ‘Perm Space’. They hope to build up the area to make it possible for visitors to stay and learn about this incredible space feat and the nearly fatal return to Earth.

Around 20 volunteers were involved in building the path and will continue to assist with the constructions.

Image: space_lectures/Twitter

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