On this day in 1965, in the midst of the Cold War, astronaut Ed White became the first American to walk in space, only a few weeks after his Russian opposite number became the first-ever spacewalker.
White floated out of his capsule into space, attached by a 7.6 metre (25 foot) cord, and manoeuvred using a type of gas gun, achieving views of the earth few had imagined. The order to return from his 23 minutes of almost-zero gravity in the emptiness of space was, he said, the saddest moment of his life.
We suggest you mark his achievement with a Moonshine Martini, an adult take on the Wet Martini, based on a recipe from Harry Craddock's 1930 The Savoy Cocktail Book.
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