DEAD: ON THIS DATE
Bruce McCandless II (aged 80)
-American astronaut (First untethered free flight)
Bruce McCandless II (June 8, 1937 – December 21, 2017) was a U.S. naval officer and aviator, electrical engineer, and NASA astronaut. In 1984, during the first of his two Space Shuttle missions, he made the first untethered free flight by using the Manned Maneuvering Unit.
DEATH: McCandless died on December 21, 2017, at age 80. He is survived by his second wife, Ellen Shields McCandless, two children and two grandchildren.
McCandless was buried at the United States Naval Academy Cemetery at Annapolis on January 16, 2018.