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NASA Celebrates 50 Years Of SpaceWalking

‪#‎SuitUp‬ with NASA as they celebrate 50 years of spacewalking!

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For 50 years, NASA has been “suiting up” for spacewalking. In this Feb. 7, 1984 photograph of the first untethered spacewalk, NASA astronaut Bruce McCandless is in the midst of the first “field” tryout of a nitrogen-propelled backpack device called the Manned Maneuvering Unit (MMU).

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U.S. astronauts Barry “Butch” Wilmore and Terry Virts performed three separate spacewalks to prepare the International Space Station for upcoming U.S. commercial spacecraft. Virts tweeted this image on March 1, 2015 with the comment “Still thinking about that #awesome #spacewalk yesterday with #AstroButch!”

Gemini IV — Learning to Walk in Space

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Backdropped by the islands of New Zealand, astronaut Robert Curbeam Jr., left, and European Space Agency astronaut Christer Fuglesang of Sweden, participate in an STS-116 spacewalk on Dec. 12, 2006. The extravehicular activities in support of construction of the International Space Station were crucial in assembly of elements such as the truss segment delivered by the space shuttle Discovery.
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Bean Walks on the Moon

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Astronaut Alan L. Bean, Lunar Module pilot, pauses near a tool carrier during the Apollo 12 spacewalk on the moon’s surface. Commander Charles Conrad, Jr., who took the black-and-white photo, is reflected in Bean’s helmet visor.

Apollo 15 Lunar Module and Rover

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Apollo 15 lunar module pilot Jim Irwin loaded the lunar rover with tools and equipment in preparation for the first lunar spacewalk at the Hadley-Apennine landing site. The Lunar Module ‘Falcon’ appears on the left in this image. The undeployed Laser Ranging Retro-Reflector lies atop Falcon’s Modular Equipment Stowage Assembly.

Astronaut Reid Wiseman on the First Spacewalk of Expedition 4

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#SuitUp with NASA for the #JourneytoMars (Video)

 

 

In 2015, NASA will be recognizing 50 years of spacewalking, or Extravehicular Activity (EVA). Throughout the year, we will be celebrating accomplishments like these with a look towards the future. Specifically, how spacewalking enhances our exploration capabilities and enables humans to go deeper into the solar system in part by suiting up! Two important dates to remember are March 18, the anniversary of the first spacewalk by Soviet cosmonaut Alexei Leonov who left his Voskhod-2 vehicle for a 12-minute tethered walk, and June 3, when NASA’s Ed White exited his Gemini-4 capsule using a hand-held oxygen jet gun to push himself from the hatch for a 23-minute tethered spacewalk. So, #SuitUp with us throughout the year and join us for the #JourneytoMars.

 

 

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