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First Person to Walk Untethered in Space

Astronaut Bruce McCandless offers his thoughts on an iconic photo in his last-ever interview with National Geographic

 First Person to Walk Untethered in Space

Astronaut Bruce McCandless

PHOTOGRAPH BY NASA

Astronaut Bruce McCandless poses for his official space shuttle portrait wearing the MMU.

Astronaut Bruce

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Astronaut Bruce McCandless hangs high above Earth during an untethered spacewalk in February 1984

free flying

PHOTOGRAPH BY NASA

In addition to the free-flying spacewalk, McCandless field tested the Mobile Foot Restraint on the end of shuttle's robotic arm, designed to hold astronauts in place while they perform delicate tasks

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orbit

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A towering exhaust plume cuts across the sky as the space shuttle Challenger carries McCandless and his crewmates into orbit

record setting spacewalk

PHOTOGRAPH BY NASA

The record-setting spacewalk was made possible by the Manned Manuevering Unit, or MMU, which McCandless was taking for a test flight

References : Nationalgeographic

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