NASA astronaut drifted through space completely detached in ‘terrifying’ moment

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) often makes headlines for its unique social media uploads. A photo of astronaut Bruce McCandless II taken nearly four decades ago in February 1984 caught everyone’s attention. In the now-viral photo, Bruce McCandless II can be seen floating completely untethered in space, far from the safety of the space shuttle. The photo was taken when the astronaut had to exit the space shuttle Challenger in order to rehearse a satellite repair mission. The photo marks a particular achievement as it was the first time an astronaut had walked through the dark vacuum of space while being away from the spacecraft.

Floating 170 miles (273.5 kilometers) above the Earth’s surface, McCandless II stayed alive with just the help of his manned maneuver unit.

The stunning photograph was shared on Twitter by a popular science page, Curiosity. Sharing the long-lost photo, the page wrote, “Perhaps the most terrifying space photography yet. Astronaut Bruce McCandless II floats completely untethered away from the safety of the space shuttle, with nothing but his manned maneuver unit keeping him alive. The first person in history to do so. Credit: NASA”

The photo garnered over 1.61 lakh likes in a single day with over 21,000 retweets. Photography has taken the internet by storm. Re-sharing the photo, one user wrote: “There is nothing in this universe that would make me consider doing this”, while another wrote: “I can’t believe this photo ..” Some also questioned the authenticity of the photo. image. A third wrote: ‘Sounds like a mega fail lol do you really think this pic is real?

About Bruce McCandless II

During the first of her two Space Shuttle missions, McCandless performed the first untethered spacewalk using the Manned Maneuver Unit.

Curiosity on its Facebook account wrote: “All information presented in our videos has been collected from reliable sources and has undergone a thorough verification process to ensure complete accuracy, ensuring that only up-to-date information and correct are communicated.

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