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    Gemini 4: Ed White II Large Signed Color Spacewalk Photograph. A dramatic photo, 11" x 14" mounted to 16" x 20", of astronaut Edward H. White II, Gemini 4 pilot, floating in the zero gravity of space. This first-ever U.S. extravehicular activity (EVA) was performed during the third revolution of the Gemini 4 spacecraft. White is attached to the spacecraft by a twenty-five foot umbilical line and a twenty-three foot tether line, both wrapped in gold tape to form one cord. In his right hand he carries a Hand-Held Self-Maneuvering Unit. The visor of his helmet is gold plated to protect him from the unfiltered rays of the sun. Inscribed and signed on the mat: "To Nig-/ thank you for your/ help and support for/ Gemini IV/ Edward H. White II/ 3 June '65." ("Nig" was an affectionate nickname for Dr. D. Owen Coons, Chief of NASA's Manned Spacecraft Center Medical Office.) Gemini 4 was launched on June 3, 1965. Originally, NASA wasn't planning a spacewalk until Gemini 6, but after Russian cosmonaut Alexei Leonov made the first EVA in March, it was decided that White would walk in space, becoming the first American to do so. On January 27, 1967, White tragically died in the Apollo 1 space capsule fire. The photo is lightly faded but the signature is bold and dark.

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    November, 2012
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