Backpacking (1984)

The American space program has produced hundreds of beautiful images of humanity’s explorations in space. Wearing a nitrogen jet propelled backpack, Astronaut Bruce McCandless II floated freely in space farther away from his spaceship – 320 feet – than any human had ever ventured.

The backpack, called a Manned Maneuvering Unit (MMU), was controlled by joy sticks positioned at the end of the arm rests. Above the astronaut’s right shoulder you can see a still camera mounted on the MMU.

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[1] GPN-2000-001156 Backpacking. Accessed 28 August 2010.