An astronaut floats alone with the blackness of space behind him and the bright blue limb of the Earth below.
He’s untethered with nothing but a NASA-made jetpack to protect him.
NASA astronaut Bruce McCandless — who died at the age of 80 on Thursday — is that untethered astronaut in one of the most iconic space photos of all time.
“My wife [Bernice] was at mission control, and there was quite a bit of apprehension,” McCandless said in 2015 of the 1984 spacewalk that led to the photo.
“I wanted to say something similar to Neil [Armstrong] when he landed on the moon, so I said, ‘It may have been a small step for Neil, but it’s a heck of a big leap for me.’ That loosened the tension a bit.” Read more…