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Bruce McCandless II

Bruce McCandless II was born on June 8, 1937 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He is known for his work on When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions (2008), Incredible Flying Jet Packs (2015) and Max Q (1998). He is married to Bernice Doyle. They have two children. See full bio »
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 2016 A Beautiful Sunset (Short) (technical advisor) (post-production)
 1998 Max Q (TV Movie) (technical advisor)
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 2016 A Beautiful Sunset (Short) (post-production)
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 2016 A Beautiful Sunset (Short) (very special thanks) (post-production)
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 2015 Incredible Flying Jet Packs (TV Movie documentary)
Himself - Astronaut (as Capt. Bruce McCandless II USN)
 2008-2009 When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions (TV Mini-Series documentary)
Himself / Himself - Shuttle Astronaut / Himself - CAPCOM Apollo 11
- 40th Anniversary Special (2009) ... Himself
- The Shuttle (2008) ... Himself - Shuttle Astronaut
- Landing the Eagle (2008) ... Himself - CAPCOM Apollo 11
 2009 NASA: Triumph and Tragedy (TV Series documentary)
Himself - Shuttle Astronaut / Himself - Capsule Communicator Apollo 11
- One Giant Leap (2009) ... Himself - Shuttle Astronaut (as Bruce McCandless)
- One Small Step (2009) ... Himself - Capsule Communicator Apollo 11 (as Bruce McCandless)
 1990 Horizon (TV Series documentary)
Himself - Astronaut
- The Sharpest Show of the Universe (1990) ... Himself - Astronaut (as Bruce McCandless)

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Alternate Names:

Bruce McCandless | Capt. Bruce McCandless II USN

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[About making the first untethered space flight and referring to the famous line by Neil Armstrong, "That's one small step for man..."] It may have been one small step for Neil, but it's a heck of a leap for me.


McCandless is famous and celebrated for having been the first astronaut to make untethered, free flights in outer space - twice. The mission was on the STS-41B Challenger, launched on February 3, 1984; and it marked the first checkout of the Manned Maneuvering Unit and the Manipulator Foot Restraint, two new designed gear for astronauts. See more »

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