Ed White walking in space over the Gulf of Mexico, Gemini 4, June 1965, 1965

Vintage chromogenic print.

20.2 x 25.4 cm.

Annotated "NASA S65-30429" on the recto, caption on the verso.

Photo credit: Astronaut James McDivitt.

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“It’s fun”, White reported, “I’m not coming in.”


Astronaut Edward H. White II, pilot of the Gemini IV four-day Earth-orbital mission, floats in the zero gravity of space outside the Gemini IV spacecraft. He became the first American astronaut to walk in space. White wears a specially designed spacesuit, and the visor of the helmet is gold plated to protect him from the unfiltered rays of the sun. He wears an emergency oxygen pack, also. He is secured to the spacecraft by a 25-feet umbilical line and a 23-feet tether line, both wrapped in gold tape to form one cord. In his right hand is a Hand-Held Self-Manoeuvring Unit (HHSMU) with which he controls his movements in space. Astronaut James A. McDivitt, command pilot of the mission, remained inside the spacecraft.

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The photographs are guaranteed as vintage NASA prints, processed by NASA’s photographic laboratories shortly after the date of the scene depicted. As contemporary, original prints of pictures taken by astronaut-photographers such as Neil Armstrong, they are very rare and difficult to find, especially in good condition. 

Generally speaking, vintage NASA photographs were printed on fibre-based photographic paper, 20 x 25 cm (8 x 10 in). Most are printed on “A Kodak Paper”, a watermark which changed in 1972.  Unless otherwise stated, all photographs are glossy prints on paper. The NASA reference numbers within square brackets do not appear on the prints and are provided for reference.

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