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The First Untethered Free Flight (7 pics)

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These incredible photos were made on February 3, 1984, when an American astronaut Bruce McCandless II made the first untethered free flight in history. This mission marked the first checkout of the Manned Maneuvering Unit (MMU) and Manipulator Foot Restraint (MFR). McCandless made the first untethered free flight on each of the two MMUs carried on board and ventured out 320 feet (98 m) from the orbiter. Years later the NASA has decided that MMU was too dangerous for astronauts and it was never used again.

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№1 Author: DocMcCoy (31 Aug 2010 02:13) Total user comments: 6039


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What courage. 04
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№2 Author: adzhoe (31 Aug 2010 04:38) Total user comments: 14959


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Fantastic story, wow!
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№3 Author: Jimmy Johnson (31 Aug 2010 06:06) Total user comments: 5518


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First to break the four minute mile, first to break 50 mph, 100mph, then 200 mph, then 500 mph, first to fly around the world, first to break the sound barrier, first man to step foot on the moon.... Being first marks your place in history.
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№4 Author: raymond.wendt (31 Aug 2010 06:47) Total user comments: 9115


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That could be dangerous. One thing goes wrong and you're a permanent part of space. 14
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№5 Author: Sativa (31 Aug 2010 06:49) Total user comments: 263


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AMAZING.
Nothing but respect.
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№6 Author: reidar (31 Aug 2010 11:51) Total user comments: 123


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Ride of his life. I hope that affordable space travelling will be possible before I die.
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№7 Author: mirrebex (31 Aug 2010 12:53) Total user comments: 475


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must be scary..
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№8 Author: doelbodho (31 Aug 2010 14:12) Total user comments: 332


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№9 Author: fluorescentG (31 Aug 2010 16:36) Total user comments: 3958


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riding a rocket outside the atmosphere isn't too dangerous but this is..
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№10 Author: eMMede (31 Aug 2010 16:38) Total user comments: 291


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beautiful ! 04
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№11 Author: apari (31 Aug 2010 17:47) Total user comments: 827


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Wow! That's bravery - very dangerous yet very cool.
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№12 Author: elunicotomas (31 Aug 2010 17:52) Total user comments: 1680


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crazy
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№13 Author: Ty Webb (31 Aug 2010 18:19) Total user comments: 6156


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Jimmy

SHIT!!!!!! I typed this long reply to Jimmy and it did not post!!! AAAAAAAAAAAAAGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHH
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OK here is the really really really short version...We as a country were motivated by the U.S.S.R. (C.C.C.P. to the industry folks) being so aggressive. So The President, Congress and the Newly combined factions of space rocket and science branches of our Government to become NASA were given a blank check and power to compete and beat the Russians by any means in the space race.
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№14 Author: 2fuzzy (31 Aug 2010 19:17) Total user comments: 10400


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View must have been awesome.
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№15 Author: bruce88lee (31 Aug 2010 20:18) Total user comments: 1818


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№16 Author: Lu (31 Aug 2010 20:25) Total user comments: 15082


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This took guts! Amazing! 04
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№17 Author: aks3167 (31 Aug 2010 21:36) Total user comments: 1674


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№18 Author: ddubia (1 Sep 2010 01:03) Total user comments: 299


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One couldn't possibly feel more alone than in that situation. It would be scary enough for a monkey, who would have been frightened of falling. But for a human who completely understands the danger involved of possibly floating alone in space until he took his last breath it must have been totally terrifying. Yet, he did it. The combined emotions of being scared shitless while being exhaustingly exhilarated must have left his heart about one molecule away from pounding out of his body.
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№19 Author: moeshere (1 Sep 2010 07:23) Total user comments: 128


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not this white boy....I don't even do tall ladders lol... 10
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№20 Author: lepsy (1 Sep 2010 19:47) Total user comments: 1252


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The scariest, who-did-not-dream-about-it craziest thing you can ( could ) do .....
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№21 Author: mahedi (29 Dec 2010 14:00) Total user comments: 10772


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Brave man
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