posted on Dec, 23 2017 @ 06:01 AM
Astronaut Bruce McCandless and Naval aviator, the first astronaut to fly untethered in space, died Thursday in California.
You may not know his name, but you most likely have seen him in one of the most famous pictures ever taken in space. In 1984, McCandless strapped on a
jet-powered backpack and flew away from the shuttle, by himself, untethered, with Earth as a backdrop. It was McCandless that first went to space in
1984 aboard the shuttle Challenger and took these jet-powered backpacks along.
During the mission, McCandless climbed into the 300-pound MMU — the manned maneuvering unit, and slowly eased out of the shuttle's cargo bay. This
time, it was mission controllers on the ground saying to him, "You have a lot of envious people watching you. Looks like you're having a lot of fun up
there. "first time an astronaut had ever floated freely in space; McCandless had helped develop the technology. “I wanted to say something similar
to Neil when he landed on the moon, so I said, 'It may have been a small step for Neil, but it’s a heck of a big leap for me,'" he wrote. "That
loosened the tension a bit.” "My wife happened to be at mission control at the time and she says the laughter literally brought down the house.
Which was sort of what I had intended because I wanted to loosen things up a little," he recalled.
Bruce McCandless. Astronaut, Naval aviator, Patriot, Husband, Father... Hero.
Bruce McCandless has died at the age of 80
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