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FIRST AMERICAN TO WALK IN SPACE IN 1965

Outside the Gemini IV spacecraft, astronaut Ed White floats in the microgravity of space.

 

On June 3, 1965, Ed White became the first American to walk in
space when he ventured outside the Gemini capsule into the
vacuum of the cosmos. He was among NASA’s Astronaut Group
2, an elite group of nine astronauts selected for the Gemini
program.  (Space)

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Edward Higgins White II
(November 14, 1930 – January 27, 1967)

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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.

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



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HISTORY WAS MADE ON THIS DAY

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HISTORY WAS MADE ON THIS DAY IN 1969

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At 10:56 p.m. EDT, American astronaut
Neil Armstrong (above),
240,000 miles from Earth, spoke these words to more than a
billion people listening at home: “That’s one small step for
man, one giant leap for mankind.” Stepping off the lunar
landing module Eagle, Armstrong became the first human to
walk on the surface of the moon.

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FIRST AMERICAN TO WALK IN SPACE ~ 1965


On June 3, 1965, 120 miles above the Earth, Major Edward H. White
II opened the hatch of the Gemini 4 and stepped out of the capsule, becoming the first American astronaut to walk in space (above). He
was attached to the craft by a 25-foot tether and controlling his movements with  a hand-held oxygen jet-propulsion gun, White
remained outside the capsule for just over 20 minutes. As a space
walker,
White had been preceded by Soviet cosmonaut Aleksei A. Leonov,
who on March 18, 1965, was the first man ever to walk in space.

 

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Edward Higgins White II
(November 14, 1930 – January 27, 1967)

White died on January 27, 1967, alongside astronauts Virgil “Gus” Grissom and Roger B. Chaffee in a fire during pre-launch testing
for Apollo 1 at
Cape Canaveral, Florida. He was awarded the
NASA Distinguished Service Medal for his flight in Gemini 4
and
posthumously awarded the Congressional Space Medal of
Honor

 

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