Free Flying: An Epic Moment in Space Exploration by NASA

Free Flying

Mission Specialist Bruce McCandless II is seen further away from the confines and safety of his ship than any astronaut had ever been. This space first was made possible by the Manned Manuevering Unit or MMU, a nitrogen jet propelled backpack. After a series of test maneuvers inside and above Challenger’s payload bay, McCandless went “free-flying” to a distance of 320 feet away from the Orbiter, untethered. This stunning orbital panorama view shows McCandless out there amongst the black and blue of Earth and space. (02/12/1984)

Image and Text Credit: NASA

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