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# spmt099 Alexei Leonov OVER THE PLANET spacewalk limited edition signed lithograph

16.5 x 11 and 3/4 inches (42 x 30 cm) limited edition of 500 signed and numbered lithographs of his latest artwork Over The Planet. A history of this unique artwork well described in Leonov`s letter.Each print includes personally autographed/numbered by Leonov letter.And text of this letter please read below: I started drawing as a small boy, with dreams of becoming a pilot, many years before I became a cosmonaut, and, later commander on the Soyuz 19 when it docked with the Apollo and shook hands high above the Earth on orbit with Thomas Stafford. In 1957, when world??™s first artificial satellite, Sputnik 1, began the Space Era, I was already an experienced Air Force pilot, and was inspired to start my first space drawings. Sputnik, an exciting new reality, as well as illustrations of yet-to-come landings of people on the Moon, Mars and other planets, were my first space artworks. Later, in 1960, I joined the cosmonauts` group and started preparation for the historic Voskhod 2 flight .During my training for this mission, I did a drawing showing how I imagined myself walking in space high over the planet Earth in the outer cosmos. The dream came true, and space walking became a reality with my EVA on Voskhod 2 in March 1965. During the space walk, I was exposed to the vacuum of space for some 20 minutes, considerably longer than expected, due to problems re-entering the spaceship. The pressure difference between air in my space suit and the vacuum of the cosmos expanded my space suit and made it rigid, and I had to force some of the air out of the suit in order to close the lock`s outer hatch. The automatic guidance controls failed to function at the end of the flight, forcing Pavel Belyayev to pilot the capsule manually on re-entry into the earth??™s atmosphere. We landed hundreds of miles off course and spent two days and a cold night near the Ural Mountains , fighting off wolves, before being rescued. I often reflect upon this event, and almost 40 years later I created an oil painting, ???Over The Planet,??? based on my early 1965 drawing-scetch. As the first space artist, I took colored pencils and paper into space with me in order to create the first eyewitness sketches of the Earth from space. I believe that space exploration and, indeed, all work in space, must serve the people of the whole world. Having been in space, I feel obligated to share my vision of with people through my art. ???Over The Planet,??? like my previous art work, `N-1, The Beginning` is one of my personal favorites. I??™ve presented my friend Alex Panchenko with the painting and a limited edition of 500 personally autographed prints. General of Aviation USSR Pilot-Cosmonaut Artist, Alexei Leonov (signed and numbered) Second image depict myself with Alexei Leonov in his Art Studio (Star City house) with original painting and lithographs.Next images depict Leonov during the proccess of autographing lithographs and letters. Original painting was dedicated by Leonov to Grisha Alexei Panchenko-my youngest son born on March 18, 2003 (on March 18, 1965 Leonov first entered outer space and in his honor a name Alexei given to a child).Painting is not for sale, of course, but limited edition signed lithographs with letters are available at *Availability and price check by e-mail or call.* + s/h. Additional photos depicting Leonov signing prints and letters can be ordered by request.
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This product was added to our catalog on Sunday 19 October, 2003.