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Edward H. White, II

On March 21, 1966, Ed White was named as one of the pilots of the AS-204 mission, the first 3-man Apollo flight.

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Edward H. White, II

Learn more about Astronaut Ed White, including when he was selected by NASA to be an astronaut, his flight experience, education, background and more. 

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Astronaut Ed White outside of his Gemini 4 space capsule.
S65-30432 (3 June 1965) — Astronaut Edward H. White II, pilot of the Gemini IV four-day Earth-orbital mission, floats in the zero gravity of space outside the Gemini IV spacecraft. White wears a specially designed spacesuit; and the visor of the helmet is gold plated to protect him against the unfiltered rays of the sun. He wears an emergency oxygen pack, also. He is secured to the spacecraft by a 25-feet umbilical line and a 23-feet tether line, both wrapped in gold tape to form one cord. In his right hand is a Hand-Held Self-Maneuvering Unit (HHSMU) with which he controls his movements in space. Astronaut James A. McDivitt, command pilot of the mission, remained inside the spacecraft. EDITOR’S NOTE: Astronaut White died in the Apollo/Saturn 204 fire at Cape Kennedy on Jan. 27, 1967.