Badge | 50 Years of Spacewalking

In honor of the first American spacewalk on June 3, 1965. 50 years of spacewalks... and we're still going!

June 3, 1965-June 3, 2015
 
In honor of America's first space walk on June 3, 1965
by the crew of the Gemini IV mission,
Air Force pilots Jim McDivitt and Ed White.
 
Pentagon Shape: Five sides, one for each decade
Stars: Six total, one for each decade and one for the future of space exploration
 
"Edward H. White II became the first American to step outside his spacecraft and let go, effectively setting himself adrift in the zero gravity of space. For 23 minutes White floated and maneuvered himself around the Gemini spacecraft while logging 6,500 miles during his orbital stroll. White was attached to the spacecraft by a 25 foot umbilical line and a 23 foot tether line, both wrapped in gold tape to form one cord. In his right hand, White carries a Hand Held Self Maneuvering Unit, which is used to move about the weightless environment of space. The visor of his helmet is gold plated to protect him from the unfiltered rays of the sun." - NASA
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