Bruce McCandless on the first ever untethered spacewalk, February 7 1984

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> So to clarify, he was on spacecraft and then just peaced because he had a space jetpack and flew around a bit like a baller enjoying being at orbital speed before making his way back to the mothership like it was no big deal?

Yup. The spacecraft was the Challenger ~~Skylab station~~. (Edit: Thanks SchuminWeb for the correction!)

> Did he learn anything about space during this time?

I believe the idea was to allow them more freedom of movement when working outside the station. A few other options are robotic arms and tethering, which basically means they’re hooked to the station with a rope/cable. Naturally you’d imagine it would be more limited than being able to freely fly around in space like a boss.

After the challenger disaster they scrapped the idea because it was too dangerous.

Being outside in space is called extra-vehicular activity, [here’s](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extra-vehicular_activity) more information.

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