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    <b>1965: </b>Gemini 4 astronaut Ed White made the first spacewalk or EVA (extra vehicular activity) by an American. The 'umbilical cord' connecting him to the capsule supplied him with oxygen, and he held a rocket gun which he fired to help him move around in the vacuum of space. Gemini 4 was launched on June 3, 1965 and completed 62 Earth orbits.
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    <b>1969:</b> Apollo 11 Commander Neil Armstrong leading Michael Collins down a corridor on their way to participate in the launch countdown demonstration test. Apollo 11, the first manned lunar landing mission, was launched on July 16, 1969 and Armstrong and Aldrin became the first and second men to walk on the moon.
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    <b>1969:</b> Astronaut Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., lunar module pilot, is seen walking on the surface of the moon during the Apollo 11 extravehicular activity (EVA) on July 20, 1969. Astronaut Neil A. Armstrong took this photograph with a 70mm lunar surface camera.
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    <b>1984:</b> The Manned Manoeuvring Unit (MMU) has small gas thrusters which enable an astronaut to move around outside the Space Shuttle without a tether. This was first flown by Bruce McCandless on the Space Shuttle Challenger 41-B mission in February 1984.
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    <b>1995:</b> The pale blue Earth serves as a backdrop for astronaut Michael Gernhardt, who is attached to the Shuttle Endeavour's robot arm during a spacewalk in 1995. Unlike earlier spacewalking astronauts, Gernhardt was able to use an electronic cuff checklist, a prototype developed for the assembly of the International Space Station.
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    <b>2000:</b> Astronaut William (Bill) Mcarthur, appears suspended over the blue and white Earth on October 15, 2000 during space walk activities near the longerons of the space shuttle Discovery.
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    <b>2009:</b> A collection of spacesuits is on display at the Apollo Treasures Gallery at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex July 16, 2009 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The gallery opening celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing.
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    <b>2013:</b> In this Dec. 21, 2013 photo provided by NASA and tweeted Sunday, Dec. 22, by NASA astronaut Michael Hopkins, Hopkins work to repair an external cooling line on the International Space Station on a spacewalk 260 miles above Earth. The external cooling line is one of two shut down Dec. 11. The six-man crew had to turn off all nonessential equipment, including experiments.
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    <b>2013:</b> NASA astronauts Rick Mastracchio, right, and Mike Hopkins are completely suited in their extravehicular mobility unit spacesuits on Dec. 20, 2013 in the Quest airlock onboard the Earth-orbiting International Space Station, on the eve of their first spacewalk together.
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