All the best-dressed explorers wore glittery spacesuits more suitable to the Silver Surfer than somber NASA astronauts in the early days of the Space Age. These are the helmets, gloves, and boots for the Mercury Seven astronauts.
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.
Why do astronauts hop on the moon? After carefully watching hapless volunteers use a treadmill under variable gravity, researchers think it had more to do with the stiffness of spacesuits than anything else.
Allyn B. "Happ" Hazard just looks so dang happy in his space suit, that it seems a shame JPL claims no responsibility for it. NASA never developed his design, but toy manufacturer Mattel knew it was too cute for words.
Here's a little-known fact: You know the spacesuit Neil Armstrong wore on the first moonwalk? Turns out that suit was made by a bra manufacturer in Dover, Deleware. As Andrew Chaikin explains at Smithsonian, the seamstresses who hand-stitched NASA's spacesuits were used to devoting their needlework to an entirely…
Seriously, is this what space psychosis looks like?
One in a series of X-Rays currently on display at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's "Suited for Space" exhibit, this unusual view gives the observer a peek inside an experimental space suit designed in the late sixties.
If you've ever watched footage of a spacewalk, you've seen an astronaut outfitted in an extravehicular mobility unit (EMU), the spacesuit specially designed for astronauts working outside of spacecraft orbiting Earth at 17,220 miles per hour.
It's been eight long years since Apollo 13. We need our historically accurate space movie fix! Thank goodness Warner Bros. is cooking up a new feature, Spacesuit, based entirely on the creation of the Apollo spacesuits. OK, we're listening.
"The ninety and nine are with dreams, content but the hope of the world made new, is the hundredth man who is grimly bent on making those dreams come true. In space."
Start your week with a healthy dose of otherwordly weirdness, courtesy of surrealist illustrator Tom Colbie — because nothing cures a case of the Mondays like a sword-wielding centaur in a space suit.[ via ]
NASA has picked this new model of spacesuit, created by Oceaneering International Inc., to keep astronauts safe during the next moon mission in 2020. The suit, designed for rugged walking conditions, can be used for up to a week of Lunar travel. It will also be used for space walks outside the International Space…
The first astronauts on Mars will most likely wear smoking fetish gear that draws on the designs of MIT professor Dava Newman. Time magazine just named her ultralight BioSuit one of the top 100 inventions of the year. The current generation of spacesuits weighs up to 300 pounds, thanks to gas pressurization, life…