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Man-In-Space Firsts:
Born Free

First spacewalk: Alexei Leonov made the first-ever extravehicular activity (EVA), ten minutes on a 10-ft. tether outside the USSR's Voskhod 2 capsule March 18, 1965.

First American spacewalker: Edward White went outside Gemini 4 on a tether for 20 minutes June 3, 1965.

First spacewalking woman: Svetlana Savitskaya went outside the USSR space station Salyut 7 for 3.5 hours July 25, 1984.

First spacewalking American woman: Astronaut Kathryn Sullivan went outside Challenger in October 1984.

First deep-space EVA: Alfred Worden made the first deep-space spacewalk in July 1971. On his way home from the Moon, at a distance of 197,000 miles from Earth, he stepped outside Apollo 15 for 16 minutes to retrieve two film cassettes with pictures he had made of the Moon from lunar orbit.

First shuttle spacewalk: During Challenger's first flight in April 1983, Donald Peterson and F.S. "Story" Musgrave donned new spacesuits and went outside into the open cargo hold for 4 hours 17 minutes.

First human satellites: Bruce McCandless and Robert Stewart flew free, untethered, around Challenger in February 1984, the first use of Manned Maneuvering Units (MMU).

First non-USSR/non-U.S. spacewalker: Frenchman Jean-Loup Chretien became the first person, not a USSR cosmonaut and not a U.S. astronaut, to make a spacewalk. He went outside the Mir station in December 1988 to build an experimental plastic web frame for science gear.

Most spacewalks: Leonid Kizim and Vladimir Solovyev took six spacewalks outside the Salyut 7 space station in 1984. They also spent the most time, about 35 hours outside the space station. Musa Manarov has made at least four spacewalks for a total of about 20 hours outside Mir station in 1988 and 1991.

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