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[Edward Higgins White's space walk]

Date June 3, 1965
Dimensions Image: 15 5/16 x 14 5/16 in. (38.9 x 36.4 cm)
Paper: 16 x 15 9/16 in. (40.6 x 39.5 cm)
Print medium Photo-Chromogenic

In June 1965 Astronaut Edward White and Major James McDivitt were part of the crew that made the first space walk by an American. Ed White succeeded to float twenty-two minutes in space.
With the walk time running out, White parked himself outside McDivitt’s window. As the following excerpts from their conversation indicate, it took some talking to get him back inside.
McDivitt: They want you to get back in now.
White (laughing): I’m not coming in… This is fun.
McDivitt: Come on.
White: Hate to come back to you but I’m coming
McDivitt: Gosh, you still got three and a half more days to go, buddy
Gemini Control: You’re got about four minutes to Bermuda.
White: I’m trying to…
(Caption from Life, Vol. 58, No. 24, June 18, 1965, p. 39)
McDivitt: O.K. O.K. Don’t wear yourself out now. Just come in… How you doing there?
White: … whenever a piece of dirt or something goes by, it always heads right for that door and goes on out.
McDivitt: O.K., come in then.
White: …aren’t you going to hold my hand?
McDivitt: No, come on in the… Ed, come on in here.
White: All right. I’ll open the door and come through there…
McDivitt: Come on. Let’s get back in here before it gets dark.
White: It’s the saddest moment of my life.
McDivitt: Well, you’re going to find it sadder when we have to come down with this thing.
Gemini Control: Gemini 4…
White: I’m fixing to come in the house.
Gemini Control: Gemini 4. Get back in… You getting him back in?
McDivitt: He’s standing in the seat now and his legs are below the instrumental panel.
Gemini Control: O.K., get him back in. You’re going to have Bermuda in about 20 seconds.

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The LIFE Magazine Collection, 2005

Feedback Accession No. 2476.2005