First Human Satellite makes it to Astronaut Hall of Fame

Posted on Sunday, May 01 2005 @ 20:04 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Bruce McCandless, the first man to fly freely and untethered in space, was inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame on Saturday. On Feb. 7, 1984 he become the first human satellite as he was flying with a hefty spacewalker's jetpack outside of space shuttle Challenger.
McCandless helped develop the jetpack, known by NASA as the manned maneuvering unit, and was later part of the shuttle crew that delivered the Hubble Space Telescope to orbit 15 years ago this past week.
More info and photo at USA Today

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