50 Years Ago, Americans Had Not Yet Walked In Space. Here's Real Footage From Those First Steps.

Very cool.

On June 3rd, 1965, Time Magazine reported a monumental event in American history: an American astronaut's first spacewalk.

He floated lazily on his back. He joked and laughed. He gazed down at the earth 103 miles below, spotted the Houston Galveston Bay area where he lives and tried to take a picture of it.


That's Edward White, the astronaut who, when ordered to get back in the capsule responded like a stubborn child. "I'm doing great," he said. "It's fun. I'm not coming in."

After 20 minutes of floating where no American had floated before, White got back in and told Command Pilot James Alton McDivitt that it was the saddest day of his life.

Kind of makes you wanna go for a space walk, right?

Considering the fact that NASA astronauts have since walked in space 260 more times, it also makes us wonder what mankind might accomplish in the next five decades.

(H/T: Mashable

Cover image via NASA/Jim McDivitt


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