Today in history: First ever American spacewalk took place June 3rd, 1965

First Ever American Spacewalk Took Place 50 Years Ago
First Ever American Spacewalk Took Place 50 Years Ago



Half a century ago, one man forced heads to turn away from the battle brewing in Vietnam, and instead look 120 miles above Earth.

Major Edward H. White II stepped out of the doors of the Gemini IV on June 3rd, 1965, to become the first American astronaut to walk in space, only three months after the very first spacewalk by the Soviets.



White's tether allowed him to stretch 25 feet outside of his craft. He floated in space and moved around using a jet-propulsion gun for 20 minutes before re-entering.



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