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First American Spacewalk June 5, 2008

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During the Gemini 4 mission on June 3, 1965, Ed White became the first American to conduct a spacewalk. The spacewalk started at 3:45 p.m. EDT on the third orbit when White opened the hatch and used the hand-held manuevering oxygen-jet gun to push himself out of the capsule.

The EVA started over the Pacific Ocean near Hawaii and lasted 23 minutes, ending over the Gulf of Mexico. Initially, White propelled himself to the end of the 8-meter tether and back to the spacecraft three times using the hand-held gun. After the first three minutes the fuel ran out and White maneuvered by twisting his body and pulling on the tether.

In a photograph taken by Commander James McDivitt taken early in the EVA over a cloud-covered Pacific Ocean, the maneuvering gun is visible in White’s right hand. The visor of his helmet is gold-plated to protect him from the unfiltered rays of the sun.

Following in the footsteps of their predecessor, the STS-124 mission specialists Mike Fossum and Ron Garan will conduct a spacewalk at 11:32 a.m. today. for more information on the STS-124 mission, visit www.nasa.gov/shuttle.

Credit: NASA



1. Gordon R. Vaughan - July 5, 2008

I’ve been reading Thomas Kelly’s book Moon Lander about designing the Lunar Module ( http://tinyurl.com/5m5tdo ). He was talking about having to redesign the cabin to fit all the suits, backpacks, rocks, etc., much more volume than they anticipated in the proposal. Eventually they came up with the bright solution of removing the seats, which helped in several ways.

As I was reading though, it suddenly dawned on me, this was 1963 – two years before we even did any EVA, and they had to design a s/c to support multiple lunar EVAs. NASA was a lot bolder in those days!

Of course, w/the Gemini program they discovered that EVAs were a lot more tricky than they expected.

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