|White during his spacewalk|
White opened the hatch 120 miles above the earth's surface and stepped outside attached to Gemini 4 by a 25' tether. He controlled his movements by handheld oxygen jet-propulsion gun. In the picture at right you can see the device in his right hand. He was outside for 20 minutes
The Gemini program began at the height of the space race. Mercury had put man into orbit and Gemini would lay the groundwork for the Apollo lunar missions. Gemini was the first to involve multiple crews and the longer missions allowed Doctors to study the effects of longer-term space flights. When the Gemini program ended astronauts had perfected the rendevous and docking maneuvers with other orbiting space craft, something that would be essential for the three stage Apollo moon missions.
White would die on the launch pad along with Gus Grissom and Roger Chaffee due to a fire in Apollo 1 during pre-launch tests on January 27,1967.
|(L to R)White, Grissom and Chaffee|