Thursday, February 9, 2017

First space walk by a Briton and an African American 1995

During Discovery's mission (STS-63) in 1995, Michael Foale, a British-born American, and Bernard A. Harris, Jr. an African-American from Temple, Texas, performed EVA's on February 9, 1995.  They are the first Briton and first African-American to perform Extra Vehicular Activities.

Their space walk lasted over 4 and a half hours.  Their objective was to test new modifications on the space suits meant to keep astronauts warm in the extreme cold of space.  The EVA was called off when both of them became very cold.

This was the first Space Shuttle mission to have a female pilot, Eileen Collins.

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