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Fun With Retro Spacesuits From The Smithsonian

NASA had to perfect the spacesuit to get man on the moon. The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum has a collection that reflects this development, which is the subject of Spacesuits: The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Collection.

The $30 book is a photo essay that covers the evolution of the NASA spacesuit, from the early Project Mercury to the historic Apollo program. Covered are specific oddities associated with the evolutionary process, such as spacesuit testers playing baseball and football, and a suit with "steel fignernails and sharkskin pads". There are also a few photos devoted to concept spacesuits that have yet seen mission usage, or the "surprising fragility" of the suits.

Our first impression? Owning a printed copy of the picture above is probably worth the purchase.

Spacesuits: The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Collection ($29.95)

  • rohitbaran
    Filed under the Nostalgia section! :D
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  • ZEPd3Z
    Is That how you pee in space?(far right)
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  • ZEPd3Z
    ZEPd3ZIs That how you pee in space?(far right)I Mean Left
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  • SoiledBottom
    Richard Simmons goes to the moon
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  • djackson_dba
    He is just trying to get reception on his new iPhone.
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  • _Cubase_
    "Now I can practice my Zumba anywhere, even in space!"
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  • rubix_1011
    Why is the chair on the 'ground' but the spaceman seems to be hovering in mid-(space?) while stepping onto it? I'm no physics major, but one would think that gravity holding the chair down would also be holding him/her down?
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  • blurr91
    Can you guys not bring politics into a discussion on the history of science (of space suits)?
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  • sandmanwn
    rubix_1011Why is the chair on the 'ground' but the spaceman seems to be hovering in mid-(space?)It's an optical illusion because the picture is taken at an angle. You can see the top of chairs seat, which you couldn't see if it were level with the camera. The camera appears to be at head height looking down.
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  • Gin Fushicho
    Those suits are pretty flexible. ;)
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