Rare Photo of 1st Deep Space Spacewalk: NASA Apollo 17 | V2
On December 17, 1972, during the trip back to Earth from the Moon, NASA astronaut Ron Evans successfully conducted a one hour and seven minute spacewalk to retrieve exposed film from the instrument bay on the exterior of the Command/Service Module. He successfully retrieved three camera cassettes and completed a personal inspection of the equipment bay area. Evans logged 301 hours, 51 minutes in space; 1 hour, 6 minutes of which were spent in extravehicular activity. He holds the record of more time spent in lunar orbit: six days and four hours (148 hours).
Navy pilot and astronaut Ron Evans is in that tiny fraternity of humans who have known the experience of dangling outside a spacecraft in deep space, connected only by an umbilical cord. As he looks back on that experience, Evans spoke almost spiritually of viewing the earth and sun and moon, and the reflected, glistening light on the spacecraft which illuminated the words "United States of America" and the country's flag. He termed that "a marvelous, marvelous feeling. Our nation's accomplishments in the space program have created an unprecedented prestige throughout the world," he said, adding: "I'm damn proud to be an American."
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