On June 3rd, 1965, Edward White became the first American astronaut to walk in space. His mission commander, Jame McDivitt snapped this picture over the Pacific Ocean over the course of the Gemini 4 mission. He later described the order to return to the spacecraft as being “the saddest moment of his life.”
Nothing quite captures the pinnacle of human accomplishment like spacewalks — it takes a unique combination of political ambition and technical knowhow to allow mankind to wander around the atmosphere. To celebrate 50 years of humans playing in the vacuum of space, NASA has released a documentary about the history of…
Few human feats are as impressive—visually, technologically, existentially—as the spacewalk. Officially known as “extravehicular activity,” or EVA, the act of venturing beyond the confines of a spacecraft in low Earth orbit turned 50 this year. To celebrate, NASA just released this documentary about the history of the…
On March 18, 1965, Alexey Leonov stepped outside the thin metal shell of Voskhod-2 to float in the harsh void of space. For 12 minutes and 9 seconds, Leonov opened the doors on an entire new branch of exploration as the first spacewalker. It was nearly a disaster.
While the official purpose of Wednesday's spacewalk was to replace a power regulator and do a bit of structural housecleaning, I'm fairly certain the unofficial theme was, "How many unusual perspective photographs can we take?"
An astronaut popping up like a curious meerkat from within his International Space Station nest is my new favourite photograph. A close runner-up is the Milky Way spilling into the sky over yellow Sahara sands.
Always-eager astronauts Alexander Gerst and Reid Wiseman completed their first-ever spacewalks today, scrambling around the outside of the International Space Station. They completed their official objectives, but the beautiful part of today was their unadulterated happiness in their work.
Astronauts Mike Hopkins and Rick Mastracchio are currently on the first of three scheduled urgent spacewalks to repair the cooling system on the International Space Station. You can watch the event live online thanks to NASA TV.
This week's Concept Art Writing Prompt goes retrofuturistic with this lady and her pet. But why exactly would someone take their critter for a walk in space?
No doubt: the following spacewalk photos are the best I have seen in a very long time. I just cannot stop staring at the stunning photos captured during the spacewalk of ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano and NASA's Chris Cassidy, on the 9th of July, released by the European Space Agency today on its webpage and on Flickr.
NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy and ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano are scheduled to spend close to seven hours outside the International Space Station today, where they will venture in the first of two scheduled spacewalks for this month. Here's your chance to watch it live!
Two days ago, astronauts on the ISS discovered some little white flakes suspiciously floating away from the station. And now, they're already floating outside in zero gravity to fix it. From planning to go-time, this has been the most impromptu spacewalk in NASA history, and you can tune in below.
When astronauts spacewalk, it looks like they're floating serenely in the vacuum of space. The reality: they're hurtling at 17,220 mph inside bulky pressurized suits. Here's the lowdown on spacewalking, from how it's done to what it costs.
A record number of 13 astronauts were together on the Space Station this week. The Endeavour shuttle crew is leaving this largest-ever space gathering Friday, but one of their final tasks on the station was a five hour spacewalk today.
The astronauts who spent the past week performing space walks outside the International Space Station wore the familiar puffy white jumpsuits that nostalgia buffs innocently refer to as a "space suit." But the spacefaring hardcore know it as an EMU, or "Extravehicular Mobility Unit," and the current ones have been in…
A special HDTV camera on Japan's lunar probe, SELENE, captured the first ever hi-def image of the Earth sinking over the Moon's horizon, released Nov. 13. You can just see the brown shape of Australia on the top left. And click through for a gallery of cool images of last Friday's spacewalk at the International Space…