The historic first photograph of man in space: Ed White spacewalking over Hawaii during the first American EVA

Space Mission
Gemini IV, June 3-7, 1965, orbit 3, 004:32:52 GET

James McDivitt

Photo Description
Vintage chromogenic print on fiber-based Kodak paper, 20.3 x 25.4cm (8 x 10in), with “A Kodak Paper” watermarks on the verso, numbered “NASA S-65-30431” (NASA MSC) in red in top margin

This is the first EVA photograph showing Edward White floating freely in space and the first ever still photograph showing man in space. Before this historic photograph, only a few images showing American astronauts or Russian cosmonauts in the space environment had been recorded by on-board movie or TV cameras.

004:30:36 White: Okay. I ‘m out.
004:30:38 McDivitt: Okay. He’s out. He’s floating free. […]
004:31:28 White: All right. Now, I’ve come above the spacecraft and I’m under my own control. […]
004:31:50 White: Yes. Okay, I’d better get over. Okay, I’m coming over.
004:32:00 McDivitt: Okay. Stand by.
004:32:02 White: See me yet?
004:32:04 McDivitt: No, sure don’t.
004:32:05 White: Huh?
004:32:07 White: Oh, there you are. I can spin around now.
004:32:12 McDivitt: Okay. Just a second. You’re right in front, Ed. You look beautiful.
004:32:16 White: I feel like a million dollars. All right we’ll pitch up and yaw left. I’m coming back to you. […]
004:32:31 White: Okay. I put in a little bit too much pitch there.
004:32:36 White: The gun works real great, Jim.
004:32:38 McDivitt: Let me get over where I can see you, Ed.
004:32:40 McDivitt: Take it easy now. You’re in a vacuum. […]
004:32:50 White: Okay. I’ll come in and take a look at you now.
004:32:52 McDivitt: Wait a second. Let me take your picture.