NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
3rd June, 1965 : Major Edward White today became the first American to walk in space. He spent 14 minutes outside the Gemini 4 spacecraft, four minutes longer than the history-making first space-walker of all, Colonel Alexei Leonov of the Soviet Union, in March this year. However, another part of the mission was cancelled – an attempt at a space rendezvous with the final stage of the spacecraft’s Titan 2 launcher. Rendezvous in orbit is a key manoeuvre in American moon-landing plans. The flight is scheduled to last four days, the longest in space flight so far, during which Gemini 4 will orbit the Earth 62 times.