FIRST TO PERFORM SPACE WALK IN 1984

Astronaut Bruce McCandless on First-ever Untethered Spacewalk | NASA

While in orbit 170 miles above Earth, Navy Captain Bruce McCandless
II became the first human being to perform an untethered spacewalk, when he exits the U.S. space shuttle Challenger and maneuvers
freely, using a bulky white jet pack of his own design.

McCandless orbited Earth in tangent with the shuttle at speeds
greater than 17,500 miles per hour—the speed at which satellites normally orbit Earth—and flew up to 320 feet away from the
Challenger. After an hour and a half of testing and flying the jet-
powered backpack and admiring Earth, McCandless safely
reentered the shuttle.

Astronaut Bruce McCandless walking in space - Stock Image - S540/0137 -  Science Photo Library

Bruce McCandless II - Wikipedia

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Bruce McCandless II (Byron Willis McCandless)
(June 8, 1937 – December 21, 2017)



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