Lavish funeral for cosmonaut and first spacewalker Alexei Leonov

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Nasa astronaut Tom Stafford was among the mourners.

Alexei Leonov, the first person to walk in space, has been laid to rest at a memorial cemetery outside the Russian capital of Moscow.

The legendary cosmonaut, who died Friday at 85, was buried in a lavish ceremony, attended by hundreds of well-wishers and other celebrated cosmonauts.

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In this March 18, 1965 photo made from a television screen, Soviet cosmonaut Alexei Leonov, left, floats in space (AP)

Ten years later, he was the commander of the Soviet section at the Apollo-Soyuz flight, the first joint Soviet-US space mission.

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Honour guards carry the coffin of Russian cosmonaut Alexei Leonov, who made the first spacewalk in 1965 (Pavel Golovkin/AP)

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