Forget the Moonwalk, Yesterday Was the 50th Anniversary of the First Spacewalk

Jun 4, 2015 at 3:45 pm |

In its 57-year history, NASA has made history time and time again.

While missions like Mars One and New Horizons‘ trip to Pluto make space travel feel like it’s still a relevant and strong industry, the truth is we’ve passed our initial golden age of space exploration, and NASA remains in potential threat of disestablishment by the US government.

When we do choose to look back at the organization’s historical accomplishments, however, we recall the truly awesome events that have become moments frozen in time for the many that experienced them.

Everybody knows July 20, 1969 as the date when we first landed on the moon, but June 3, 1965 marks another special date in spatial history. On this date, astronaut Edward H. White II left the Gemini spacecraft and free floated in space for more than 20 minutes, marking the first American spacewalk. According to White, the experience was “just tremendous.”

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Since then Spacewalks have happened many times, most of it taking place outside the International Space Station. Often necessary when spaceships need external work or repairs, spacewalks — called extravehicular activity (EVA) — represent one of the ultimate feats of mankind: abandoning yourself completely into of space, free floating among the nothingness.

But hey, even if spacewalking isn’t your thing, moonwalking is still pretty cool.

Might just be the coolest things humans have ever done…