3/19/2010 09:45:00 AM
This week was the anniversary of the very first human being to step out of a spacecraft and into the cosmos. Cosmonaut Alexei Leonov spent 10 minutes outside of his Voskhod 2 spacecraft on March 18, 1965, and this week marked the 45th anniversary of the event. It is amazing to see how far we've come in 45 years -- better airlocks, spacesuits, and astronauts/cosmonauts regularly venturing out into the vacuum of space to perform work on spacecraft and the International Space Station.
To celebrate, this Friday Fun Day is dedicated to spacewalking. Send in your favorite spacewalking photos (with the spacewalker's name and mission number, if you know them!) and we'll create a photo collage in this blog post.
Here is the first picture to get this party started: Alexei Leonov outside of the Voskhod 2! (Photography has also come a long way in 45 years, yeah?)
From @amoroso: Al Worden's Apollo 15 EVA, the first deep space spacewalk (and still holds the record for furthest-from-home spacewalk!)
From @Chris_Radcliff and @mattcollister: the MMU, piloted by Bruce McCandless during STS 41-B
From @Priesett: Ed White, first American spacewalker
From @Pomerantz: the first Chinese spacewalk by Zhai Zhigang, from the Shenzhou 7 (found a short video of this one!)
@mrdoornbos and @spacekiwi both suggested the King of spacewalks (it *is* FFD, after all!)
From @Quarkspin: Hubble repair by John Grunsfield on STS-125. Breathtaking images from this mission!
Send us your favorites via Twitter, Facebook, or post the links here in the comments!