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America's First Space Walk - Gemini IV
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Published: December 27, 2014
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NASA’s Project Gemini was an important step in America’s goal to land on the moon. Gemini had many milestone achievements as America learned to work in space. One of those milestones was reached by Gemini IV on June 3, 1965 when astronaut Ed White II became the first American to leave the spacecraft and walk in space. He found the experience so exhilarating that when it was time to return to the spacecraft he said, “It’s the saddest moment of my life.” Gemini IV spent just over 4 days in orbit. As an interesting side, after Ed White left the spacecraft, a glove floated out of the open hatchway thereby becoming one of the first pieces of unintentional space debris. It later burned up in the atmosphere. I have included it here in the print.Tragically, Ed White was later killed along with Gus Grissom and Roger Chaffee in the Apollo 1 fire.

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Unknow0059Hobbyist General Artist
Is this available for purchase and/or in a higher anywhere?
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If I recall correctly, on film footage of White leaving the capsule (shot from within the cockpit) you can see the glove float away...

Your painting really captures the sense of exhileration White must have been feeling; I get it (to a much lesser degree, of course) just looking at this! Obviously, the technical crafting of this piece is perfect (White's tether looks like it's popping out from my monitor!), but the composition makes it 'snap' just so. I almost get the sense of motion in the weightless environment as I gaze at this.

Amazing achievement in history, and an amazing rendering of it.
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markkarvonProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you very much. I was sure to include that floating glove in the upper left corner of the piece.
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Fantastic work !
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markkarvonProfessional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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NOMANSNODEADProfessional Digital Artist
stunning work sir, awesomely stunning!
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markkarvonProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you very much.
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Awesome work, sir.
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markkarvonProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you.
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Real heroes of the Space Age! Excellent image as always, and neat choice of focus. I like it! :)
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markkarvonProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you.
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tawog11Hobbyist Artist
"I feel like a Million dollars"

"Tell that son of a b*(Gun) to get back in"
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markkarvonProfessional Digital Artist
LOL!
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SOTFHobbyist Writer
It's interesting how nationalities and races don't matter once one is beyond Earth's atmosphere. The ISS is an example - built by space agencies, with two of them being the biggest superpower rivals since the Cold War era.
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Great! :D
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markkarvonProfessional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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Maxim-LysakHobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful!
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markkarvonProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you.
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Staggering art, glorious moment... Sad memory.  Worthy of you.
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markkarvonProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you very much.
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I have to write an absolutely wrenching Fantasy story about Alan Shepherd.  But it, too, shall be very, very sad.
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Gunnut51Hobbyist Artist
"Your door is open". YOUR DOOR IS OPEN"

Great work as always 
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markkarvonProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you.
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dreamdesigner442Professional Interface Designer
Magnificent art work again,No matter their nationality,Lost of the space man's and woman's are always a deep sadness for me,they are brave and hard to raise people!thank you for sharing this beautiful art with us ,Happy new year:-)
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