1962: This isn’t a demented experiment from some wacky fictional mad scientist. Instead, it’s actual serious research by NASA that led to pressurized spacesuits.
On the 20th of December, 1939, the second laboratory of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) was founded. The facility at Moffett Field in Sunnyvale, California, would later be known as NASA's Ames Research Center after the founding chairman of NACA, Joseph S. Ames—but no one could foresee how iconic…
This photograph, which features NASA researchers dressed as Vikings, was intended to evoke a fun and inspirational sense of exploration. Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley, who launched an investigation to see if the photo had involved a misuse of government funds (it hadn't), was apparently unmoved by its message.