Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Ed White Space Walk



We continue to look at important "firsts" in the American space program today. This picture is an important one . . . it shows Ed White on the first American Space Walk. You can see earth in the background. The metallic cylinders in his hand are are propellant system to allow him to maneuver in vacuum of space. The spacewalk occurred on June 3, 1965. Ed died about two years later in the Apollo capsule accident.

4 comments:

  1. Fantastic photograph! Don't get to see the colored ones to often on OPD. Those guys were true heros.

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  2. Beautiful picture. Brings back so many fantastic memories of my chidhood. Back in those days I was completly obsessed with astronauts and space exporation. So much so that me and my Dad took Astronomy classes together when I was a teenager. We went to Cape Canaveral together and also visted a few observatories. We were so wound up in Space exploration that much to the shagrin of my mother, my Dad cut a big hole in the roof of our house, (3 story colonial) and built an observatory complete with motor drivin telescope. Saddest day was when NASA wasn't going to the moon anymore and I think equally sad will be the decision to pull the plug on the space shuttle with no other means to get into space without relying on other countries.

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  3. I think it was Ed White who had difficulty getting back into the capsule after the space walk. He was flat worn out trying to get back into the capsule according to James McDivett, the pilot. Had he not been able to get back into the capsule, he would have had to stay in space or both men would have perished on reentry. Reportedly, Ed was too tall (5'11") to squeeze himself with his cumbersome space suit back into the capsule to allow James to close the hatch. When the hatch was closed, Ed was sitting with his head severly cocked to one side to allow the hatch to close. Talk about close calls....???

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  4. PJM, I am fascinated with this subject and enjoying each day's photo and commentary (and comments) -- I just am not knowledgeable enough to comment on each entry. I did want to let you know I am reading them!

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