VIDEO: Spacewalking The Last 50 Years Versus The Next 50 Years With NASA

By  //  June 2, 2015

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ABOVE VIDEO: On June 3, 1965, NASA astronaut Ed White exited the Gemini 4 space capsule using a hand-held oxygen jet gun to push himself from the hatch for a 23-minute tethered spacewalk that set the stage for future moonwalks, satellite retrievals and repairs, and space station assembly and maintenance. (ReelNASA Video)

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