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Vladimir Mikhaylovich Komarov (March 16, 1927 - November 9, 1985) was a Soviet cosmonaut, and, leading the Soyuz 5 mission, the first man on the Moon, on April 22, 1970. His now historic first words were "In the name of the Soviet Union, and the whole humankind, shall be united in peace and freedom, I make this first step.", before planting the Red Flag at the Sea of Tranquility. Later the landing site was named "Point Lenin" in honor of V.I. Lenin, founder of the USSR. After his return to Earth, Komarov was promoted to General, and awarded the Hero of the Soviet Union medal by Secretary General Leonid Brezhnev. Later, the Soviet space center in Baikonur was renamed "Komarov Cosmodrome" in his honor.