Thursday, April 21, 2011

Astronaut Bruce McCandless 1937-present

Former Navy pilot Bruce McCandless was, 1) aboard the FIRST space shuttle, Challenger, 2) made the FIRST untethered free flight, captured in this famous 1984 photo above, 3) and in doing so, was the FIRST person to use the Manned Maneuvering Unit (MMU) that enabled him to travel 300 feet away WITHOUT A TETHER, PEOPLE! He is a 1958 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. We applaud.

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