Astronaut on space
For decades, astronauts in orbit had to be tied to their spacecraft when stepping outside. In 1984, Bruce McCandless performed the first untethered spacewalk using a Manned Maneuvering Unit—a handheld device that shoots out nitrogen gas for propulsion. NASA
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First American Spacewalk

Astronaut Ed White during the first American spacewalk, June 3, 1965.

After a nearly two hour delay, NASA’s 200th spacewalk on the ISS is currently underway.

Astronauts Peggy Whitson and Jack Fisher are replacing an ExPRESS Carrier Avionics, or ExPCA, box on the outside of the space station.

You can watch the spacewalk live right here, listening in as the astronauts work and communicate with mission control:

This spacewalk got off to a late start, delayed by about two hours after a water leak was discovered in equipment that services the astronauts spacesuits while they are outside the space station. The spacewalk, which was originally scheduled to be 6.5 hours, is now abbreviated, and scheduled to last about 4 hours instead.

Astronauts typically go on spacewalks to install or repair equipment on spacecraft. Before the delay, the astronauts were also scheduled to install a protective shield on part of the ISS and a connecter in addition to replacing the Avionics box.

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