Floating Free

Tom

An Old Friend
Joined
Dec 6, 2004
Location
Gulf Coast


Now THAT'S a Long way down! I'd LOVE to do that!
 

Kevin

Code Monkey
Staff member
Joined
Mar 20, 2004
:cool: What a feeling that must've been.......
In February 1984, Mission Specialist Bruce McCandless II went further away from the confines and safety of his ship than any previous 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. This stunning orbital panorama view shows McCandless out there amongst the black and blue of Earth and space.
 
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