Dale Gardner, in MMV, approaches the spinning Westar VI Satellite, Space Shuttle Discovery, November 1984

Dale Gardner, in MMV, approaches the spinning Westar VI Satellite, Space Shuttle Discovery, November 1984

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Vintage chromogenic print, 20.2 x 25.4 cm

Dale Gardner, Astronaut Who Helped Corral Wayward Satellites, Dies at 65’, The New York Times, 27 February 2014

[Extract from the above] Dale A. Gardner, an astronaut who helped lead the first salvage operation in space, steering a jet-propelled backpack to corral two wayward satellites and bring them aboard the space shuttle Discovery, all while orbiting 224 miles above Earth, died on Feb. 19 in Colorado Springs. He was 65.

During the course of two spacewalks from Nov. 12 to Nov. 14, 1984, Commander Gardner and a colleague, Joseph P. Allen, each used a nitrogen-gas-powered manned maneuvering unit, or M.M.U., to travel the 35 feet from the shuttle to the stranded satellites. Both satellites, the Palapa B-2 and the Westar 6, which had been deployed from a shuttle earlier in the year, had slipped into useless orbits. Each time, the astronauts had to improvise.

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