NASA 50 year spacewalk history revealed in photos

June 5, 2015
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In 1965 Edward H. White II stepped out of the spacecraft into space and set the way for many astronauts to follow him. Now to mark 50 years of spacewalks NASA revealed photos that will take your breath away.

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[Image Courtesy of NASA]

White spent a total of 20 minutes outside the Gemini spacecraft and then two decades later Bruce McCandless made another leap. He departed the spacecraft and made the first ever untethered spacewalk using a nitrogen-propelled, hand controlled jetpack.

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Since then, astronauts have made many walks including 21 on the Moon, 184 walks outside of the International Space Station, 82 walks outside of the airlocks of space shuttles and around 166 performing servicing on the Hubble Space Telescope.

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Today NASA is focusing more on the development of advanced spacesuits to allow astronauts to travel deeper than ever before into space, with the possibility of a trip to Mars. The photos released to mark the 50th anniversary are astonishing, check them out.

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[Image Source: NASA]