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Bruce McCandless, II

B McCandless

Born: 8 June 1937, Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Nationality: American


Group: NASA Group 5 (4 April 1966)

Status: Retired


FAI Flights:
141-B3 February 19847 days, 23 hours, 15 minutes, 55 seconds
2STS-3124 April 19905 days, 1 hours, 16 minutes, 6 seconds


141-B7 February 19845 hours, 55 minutes
241-B9 February 19846 hours, 17 minutes

Bruce McCandless made the first untethered space walk on 7 February, 1984. He used a backback powered by 24 nitrogen-firing jets and roamed up to 320 feet from the space shuttle while orbiting the Earth at 17,500 mph. Recalling Neil Armstrong's famous small step remark, McCandless said, "It's a heck of a big leap for me."


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