Space: Inside While Outside

By the time Astronaut Charles Bassett climbs out of the Gemini 9 some time next year to take a walk in space, the very name of his mission—EVA (for extravehicular activity) —may have to be changed. Bassett will be not so much outside one vehicle as inside another. His air-conditioned suit with its $6,000,000 backpack containing 166 lbs. of assorted gadgetry will amount to a spacecraft in itself.

Perfected after six years of research, the sophisticated AMU (for Astronaut Maneuvering Unit) that is built into the space walker's backpack will give Bassett singular agility....

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