On June 3, 1965, Ed White stood on his seat in the Gemini 4 capsule with his head sticking out of the spacecraft anxiously waiting for Houston to give him a ‘go’ for America’s first EVA. It was a relatively simple EVA in that White didn’t have any tasks beyond testing the suit and various means of manoeuvering in orbit for later missions. But that doesn’t mean it was easy. White did face some challenges on NASA’s first EVA, but overall it was a stunning success.
The EVA was developed in secret; the American people and many within NASA didn’t find out about the mission objective until two weeks before launch. Once he was out, the historic mission was broadcast live for the nation to hear. Read more about it on Discovery News.