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Friday, December 22, 2017

Rest In Peace, Bruce McCandless...

As seen from aboard Challenger during space shuttle mission STS-41-B, Bruce McCandless II pilots a Manned Maneuvering Unit high above the Earth...on February 7, 1984.
NASA

Bruce McCandless II, the NASA astronaut who conducted the first-ever untethered spacewalk during a shuttle mission in 1984, passed away yesterday at the age of 80. Along with being the subject of an iconic photo (taken from the orbiter Challenger during flight STS-41-B) showing him piloting a Manned Maneuvering Unit high above the Earth, McCandless was also part of the STS-31 crew that deployed the Hubble Space Telescope from shuttle Discovery in April of 1990. May this brave explorer rest in peace.

A group portrait of the STS-31 crew that deployed the Hubble Space Telescope from space shuttle Discovery in April of 1990: (Left to right) Charles F. Bolden, Steven A. Hawley, Loren J. Shriver, Bruce McCandless II and Kathryn D. Sullivan.
NASA

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