Posts: 2656 From: Netherlands Registered: Nov 2001
posted 02-08-2014 02:03 AM
On February 7, 1984, astronauts Bruce McCandless and Bob Stewart made an historic spacewalk during mission STS-41B to test the Manned Maneuvering Unit for the first time. Both crewmen flew untethered to a distance of 150 meters from Challenger. Hoot Gibson took this photo of McCandless during the early moments of his trip out.
Posts: 1670 From: U.K. Registered: Jul 2009
posted 02-08-2014 03:10 AM
Looked at this whilst watching the snowboardind at the Sochi Olympics. Could almost be there if Bruce had not forgotten his board.
Posts: 4436 From: Geneva, Switzerland Registered: May 2006
posted 02-08-2014 03:45 AM
Definitely one of the most iconic images of the shuttle/space programs. It held promises of a future that never came into being (also known as a prototype!).
Posts: 252 From: Registered: Jan 2008
posted 02-08-2014 05:37 AM
Posts: 262 From: Streamwood, IL USA Registered: Feb 2012
posted 02-08-2014 07:47 AM
Wow! Great shot. I had not seen this one before. Very ethereal.
Posts: 283 From: Albany, Oregon USA Registered: Jul 2006
posted 02-08-2014 12:39 PM
Those were the days...
I remember following that mission as best I could before I got a big satellite dish and the NASA channel.