NASA Astronaut Made First Untethered Space Flight, Dies at 80

Sunday, December 24, 2017 - 12:06

Bruce McCandless II, a NASA astronaut who was captured in a stunning photograph in 1984 as he made the first untethered flight in space, has died aged 80.

NASA reports that Mr. McCandless was photographed floating in space with a hefty spacewalker’s jet pack, alone in the cosmic blackness above a blue Earth. He traveled more than 300 feet away from the space shuttle Challenger during the spacewalk.

“The iconic photo of Bruce soaring effortlessly in space has inspired generations of Americans to believe that there is no limit to the human potential,” Sen. John McCain said in a statement. The Arizona Republican and Mr. McCandless were classmates at the U.S. Naval Academy.

During his spacewalk, Mr. McCandless wrote, “My wife was at mission control, and there was quite a bit of apprehension. I wanted to say something similar to Neil when he landed on the moon, so I said, ‘It may have been a small step for Neil, but it’s a heck of a big leap for me.’ That loosened the tension a bit.”

Bruce McCandless II was born June 8, 1937, in Boston and graduated from high school in Long Beach, Calif. His father was a Navy rear admiral who received the Medal of Honor during World War II.

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