On Friday, December 22nd, NASA made a sad announcement about one of their former mission specialists. Bruce McCandless II, astronaut and retired U.S. Navy captain, passed away on Thursday, December 21st.
He was 80 years old. A cause of death was not stated, so it is believed that he died of natural causes.
McCandless had various accomplishments during his time with NASA, but is probably best-known for being the first astronaut to fly freely in space. The special moment was captured in an iconic photo and is now one of the most famous pictures ever taken in space.
According to NASA, he worked on several other missions including the infamous Apollo 11, Apollo 14, and Skylab. He also received a number of honorary awards such as the NASA Exceptional Service Medal, the NASA Space Flight Medal, the NASA Exceptional Engineering Achievement Medal, and others.
NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot stated, “Our thoughts and prayers go out to Bruce's family. He will always be known for his iconic photo flying the MMU."
He is survived by his wife, children, and grandchildren.
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