51 years…, and a day, ago Edward H. White II wearing his David Clark G4C suit became the first American to perform an EVA (Extravehicular Activity)…, the so-called “spacewalk”. He floated outside the Gemini IV capsule for just 20 minutes. The golden “umbilical cord” magnificently displayed here tethered him to the spacecraft and also connected White to the spacecraft’s life-support and communications systems; he used a hand-held jet thruster to maneuver, briefly, through space.
This spectacular image was taken from inside the Gemini IV on display at the National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC.
Photo: Eric Long.