It is hard to believe we that manned space flight began over 50 years ago. While the space program has such a high tech feel to it, we must come to grips with the fact that the early days of the space program qualifies now for "Old Picture" status. So, welcome to Space Week here at OPOD.
We start with this picture of the first United States Space Walk. Pictured is Ed White, who achieved the first United States space walk on June 3, 1965. You can see the umbilical cord which is providing life support to his space suit. The small unit in his right hand is a small rocket unit to allow him to maneuver himself to some degree. In the early days of the space program, NASA made a big deal about a future where astronauts would maneuver around outside untethered, in autonomous space suits. The truth is, that space walking, even by space program standards, is very risky, and so you see very little of it. While there were some space suits developed that were capable of untethered operation, you very rarely ever saw an astronaut outside the orbiter without being attached to the arm of the space shuttle, or with an umbilical.