On February 7, 1984, Bruce McCandless took part in a space walk a few meters away from the Challenger shuttle cabin. Johnson Space Center reported that the astronaut died December 21, 2017
At the 80th year of life, NASA astronaut Bruce McCandless died - the first man to fly freely in space without being tied to the station. He died on December 21 in California.
In 1984, he set off on a space walk, distancing 300 feet from the Space Shuttle Challenger. Bruce told then that he did not worry, making a historic spacewalk. McCandless helped create the jet pack and later became part of the shuttle crew that carried the Hubble telescope into orbit. He also served as a capsular communicator in Houston when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin went to the Moon.
Born in Boston and graduated from the Naval Academy, receiving a master's degree in electrical engineering and business administration.
He was a naval aviator who participated in the Cuban blockade in 1962. He became a reserve pilot during the Gemini program and manned by Skylab (1973).
He left a wife, two children and two grandchildren.