Jun 4, 2015

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.

NASA celebrates 50th anniversary of first spacewalk

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

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