An inside look at eight innovative space suits developed by NASA in the 1960s
From the early days of space exploration, engineers have tried to keep a human being alive in the hostile environment that is outer space. Here are some of their designs.
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Historic space suits
(Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum)
Year: Early 1960s
Created by Litton Industries, this suit was the base design for spacesuits that were worn during early Apollo missions. It was meant for use in the high-pressure environment outside of a spacecraft, with an exterior made from aluminum and fibreglass honeycomb. Most innovative at the time was the suit’s maintenance of a constant air volume, so the wearer could move without joint discomfort. The feet were designed using a mould of Dutch clogs, without the pointy toe.