Bruce McCandless


Full Name: Bruce McCandless II
Born: August 6, 1937 in Boston, Massachusetts
Died: December 21, 2017
Joined NASA: April 4, 1966
Left NASA: August 31, 1990
Space Flights: 2
Time in Space: 13 days, 31 minutes
Number of EVA’s: 2
Total EVA Time: 12 hours, 12 minutes


Apollo 10
Assignment: Support Crew & Capcom

Apollo 11
Assignment: Capcom (during the very first lunar EVA)

Apollo 14
Assignment: Capcom

Skylab 2
Assignment: Back-up Command Module Pilot

Skylab 3
Assignment: Capcom

Skylab 4
Assignment: Capcom

February 3-11, 1984
Assignment: Mission Specialist 1
Flight Duration: 7 days, 23 hours, 15 minutes

April 24-29, 1990
Assignment: Mission Specialist 2
Flight Duration: 5 days, 1 hour, 16 minutes


B.Sc., Electrical Engineering, US Naval Academy, 1958
M.Sc., Electrical Engineering, Stanford, 1965
MBA, University of Houston at Clear Lake, 1987

Graduate of the US Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland, recieved flight training at the Naval Air Training Command stations in Pensacola, Florida and Kingsville, Texas, recieving his wings in 1960.

Assigned to the aircraft carriers, USS Forrestal and USS Enterprise during the early 1960’s and was aboard Enterprise during the blockade of Cuba.

1964, served an an instrument flight instructor at Apollo Soucek Field in Oceana, Virginia.

Co-investigator in the planning of the Manned Maneuvering Unit(MMU) used in Space Shuttle EVA’s.

February 1984, MS1 aboard STS 41B (Challenger) making the first untethered spacewalk in history using the MMU he helped develop.

April 1990, MS2 aboard STS 31 (Discovery) during the mission that deployed the Hubble Space Telescope.

Left NASA to join the Martin-Marietta Astronautics Co. in Denver, Colorado.


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