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Jun 4, 2015

NASA celebrates 50th anniversary of first spacewalk

NASA celebrates 50th anniversary of first spacewalk

The Soviet Union and the U.S. were in a tight battle for space supremacy during the late 1950s and early 1960s. The Soviet Union already claimed a number of firsts. First satellite in space with Sputnik 1 in 1957, Yuri Gagarian was the first man in space in 1961,but NASA was closing the gap. While Alexei Leonov became the first person to complete a spacewalk on March 18, 1965, an American astronaut, Edward White, completed the same feat June 3, 1965.

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Astronaut Ed White floats in the microgravity of space fifty years ago during the first U.S. spacewalk outside the Gemini IV spacecraft NASA/REUTERS

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Astronauts attach a specially designed grapple bar underneath the 4.5 ton Intelsat VI satellite at the space shuttle Endeavour's cargo bay in this NASA handout photo NASA/REUTERS

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Astronaut Ed White floats in the microgravity of space fifty years ago during the first U.S. spacewalk outside the Gemini IV spacecraft NASA/REUTERS

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Spacewalker James Reilly works with the Earth's horizon and the blackness of space in the background during a spacewalk in this NASA HO digital photograph NASA/REUTERS

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Spacewalker Robert Behnken works outside the International Space Station during Space Shuttle Discovery mission's second EVA NASA/REUTERS

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Astronaut Steve Bowen participates in the mission's second spacewalk as construction and maintenance continue on the International Space Station Ho New/REUTERS

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Space shuttle Endeavour astronaut Andrew Feustel inside the hatch of the Qwest airlock. NASA/REUTERS

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Dwarfed by the International Space Station NASA astronauts Andrew Feustel and Greg Chamitoff work during their first spacewalk. NASA/REUTERS

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NASA handout photo of astronaut Dale Gardner holding a For Sale sign aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery NASA/REUTERS

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Astronaut Mike Fossum works outside the International Space Station during his spacewalk. NASA/REUTERS

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NASA astronaut Ron Garan checks out his tools in the International Space Station's Quest airlock NASA/REUTERS

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NASA astronaut Terry Virts Flight Engineer of Expedition 42 is seen working to complete a cable routing task while near the forward facing port of the Harmony module on the International Space Station NASA/Reuters

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NASA astronaut Barry "Butch" Wilmore, Commander of Expedition 42 catches a selfie with his reflection on the International Space Station NASA/Reuters

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NASA handout shows astronaut Wolf performing his second spacewalk, the second of five for the Endeavour crew NASA/REUTERS

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Astronaut Nicole Stott, STS-128 mission specialist waves as she pauses during the mission's first spacewalk NASA/REUTERS

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NASA astronaut Williams works outside the International Space Station in this NASA handout photo NASA/Reuters

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Handout photo of Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Aki Hoshide, Expedition 32 flight engineer, participating in the mission?s third session of extravehicular activity NASA/REUTERS

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NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman in the first of three spacewalks for the Expedition 41 crew aboard the International Space Station NASA/REUTERS

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The first American spacewalk in 1965 by Gemini 4 astronaut Ed White is seen during a screening of archival footage of space travel in Washington Larry Downing/REUTERS

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Astronaut Soichi Noguchi during the mission's third space walk. Reuters Photographer/REUTERS

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The Space Shuttle Discovery is featured in this image photographed by astronaut Stephen Robinson. Reuters Photographer /REUTERS

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Astronaut Sory Musgrave, anchored on the Remote Manipulator System arm, prepares to install protecti.. NASA/

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Astronaut Kathryn Thornton, on the end of the Shuttle Endeaovour's Remote Manipulator System, hovers.. NASA/

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Astronaut Mark Lee floats free in space around the earth while testing a new jetpack rescue device (.. STR New/

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View of astronauts Carl Meade, floating untethered and Mark Lee anchored to the Space Shuttle Discov.. NASA/

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Mir space station commander Anatoly Solovyov cuts through the insulation cover of the Spektr modul w.. STR New/

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Space shuttle Discovery astronaut Mark Lee teams with Steven Smith (out of frame but reflected in Le.. STR New/

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NASA handout shows astronaut Satcher Jr. using a digital still camera to take a picture of the reflection in his helmet visor as he works outside the International Space Station NASA/REUTERS

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Astronaut Satcher Jr. works outside the International Space Station as he participates in Space Shuttle Atlantis' first spacewalk of mission STS-129 NASA/REUTERS

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NASA handout shows NASA Expedition 35 Flight Engineers Cassidy and Marshburn conducting a spacewalk to inspect and replace a pump controller box on the International Space Station's far port truss NASA/Reuters

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