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First person to fly untethered in space dies at 80

In a photo provided by Nasa, Mr McCandless uses a nitrogen-propelled thruster unit to perform the first-ever untethered spacewalk, on Feb 7, 1984.

New York

BRUCE McCandless, the first person to fly untethered in space and whose journey into the dark void above Earth was preserved in an iconic photograph, died on Thursday.

He was 80. Nasa announced his death in a statement on Friday but did not provide more details.


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