Bruce McCandless, First Astronaut To Fly Untethered, Dies At Age 80

Bruce McCandless, First Astronaut To Fly Untethered, Dies At Age 80

Bruce McCandless carried out the world’s first untethered spacewalk utilizing a cumbersome jetpack he designed (AFP)

Washington:  Bruce McCandless, an astronaut who was the primary to fly untethered from his spacecraft in a gripping scene watched world wide, has died on the age of 80, NASA introduced on its web site.

The US house company didn’t give the reason for loss of life on Thursday for the longtime resident of the western state of Colorado.

The son and grandson of adorned struggle heroes, he graduated close to the highest of his class on the US Naval Academy. Within the navy, he discovered to pilot at the least 9 completely different plane, rising to the rank of captain.

At age 26 in 1966, NASA picked him because the youngest member of a newly recruited 19-man astronaut group.

He was a member of the assist crew for the Apollo 14 mission and a backup pilot for the primary manned Skylab mission, earlier than serving as mission specialist on two house shuttle missions.

‘Heckuva Huge Leap’

On a 1984 mission, he carried out the world’s first untethered spacewalk. Utilizing a cumbersome jetpack, which he had helped design, McCandless moved greater than 300 ft (90 meters) from the shuttle Challenger.

He later recalled the dramatic second when he left the relative safety of the Challenger as “a heckuva huge leap.”

Photographs of the spacewalk, displaying the clear blue arc of the earth and the black void of house within the background, made him immediately well-known.

On a mission six years later, he helped deploy the Hubble House Telescope.

McCandless, who educated as engineer at Stanford College, gained a patent for designing a system to tether instruments throughout spacewalks.

In all, he logged greater than 300 hours in house.

However late in life he stated he was most proud that youngsters would nonetheless come as much as him and say they’d seen the long-lasting image of his spacewalk. He hoped it might encourage them.

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