Ed White, the first man to walk in space, made excuses to keep walking and had to be coaxed back into the spacecraft.
The year was 1965. On Gemini IV, the second manned space flight of Nasa’s Project Gemini, astronauts James McDivitt and Edward H. White, II circled the Earth 66 times in 4 days. Though the tenth overall American mission into space, Gemini IV is notable for being the first instance of a spacewalk.
When Ed White began his spacewalk, there were communication problems. The Gemini spacecrafts were the first to use a voice operated switch, or VOX, for communication between astronauts. McDivitt’s wasn’t working, but White’s was. McDivitt, still on the spacecraft, could receive messages from the ground, but as White couldn’t, everything had to be relayed through McDivitt.
This proved a little bit advantageous for White, because he enjoyed the spacewalk so much that he wanted to stay out longer. He was working against the clock, however, because he would soon lose light. He had a special gun that shot pressurized oxygen to help him move.
Meanwhile, McDivitt took photographs. Once the communication problems were resolved, the flight director demanded that White get back in the spacecraft. White tried take more pictures as an excuse to stay out longer, but McDivitt coaxed him back in after a total of 20 minutes in space. The photographs were published worldwide and can still be seen by a quick Google search.