Retro Spacesuit History

January 27th, 2012

Spacesuits are intriguing. These spacesuits were photographed by Mark Avino for the book Spacesuits: The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Collection.

Spacesuits are surprisingly fragile; they are made for a short lifespan in the most extreme of conditions, and long-term survival is not part of their design process. The final chapter touches briefly on the current conditions of historic suits, how they have held up over time, the reasons for their deterioration, and the rewards and difficulties associated with caring for and preserving these very complex and iconic artifacts. From the first spacesuit designs of the 1930s through those worn on the landmark Apollo-Soyuz program of 1975,Spacesuits provides a behind-the-scenes look at the history of these remarkable creations, including some that have never before been publicly displayed.

Images via Retronaut

Posted by on 01/27/12 in Design

4 COMMENTS   »  Leave your Comment

  1. Suzanne says:

    Interesting post! And it made me smile to see the photos are from the retronaut blog. Couldn’t be more fitting, right? :)

  2. DaveVSDave says:

    Fascinating… I wonder how many of these actually made it into space.Could you imagine if man had encounter alien life while wearing a suit similar to the ones depicted above? That would for sure be the strangest first impression ever.

  3. WA says:

    This are really interesting! The older suits, seems like it could be taken for inspiration, for today’s edgy fashion scene.

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