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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
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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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