Check out some of the sensational American space suits
Space has always fascinated humanity. With its mysteries to be unraveled and countless discovery possibilities it can offer, it is the subject of movies, books and dreams of thousands of people who want to break into the unknown.
However, you must be prepared to make this achievement. In addition to a space vehicle, a lot of training and study, it takes a special suit to be able to withstand the adversities of the atmosphere outside planet Earth.
Discover some of the sensational outfits NASA astronauts wear on missions into the unknown.
Similar to a diving diving helmet, this was the first space suit developed in the United States. It was designed by BF Goodrich and used by aviator Wiley Post on a flight at 50, 000 feet in which he discovered the jet stream.
The XMC-2 was developed by the David Clark Company. This metallic finish looks a lot like the early 20th century vision of what 21st century fashion would look like.
Still sporting the aluminum foil sandwich finish, the MC-2 is an evolution of the XMC-2. The body of the suit was pressurized with nitrogen, while the helmet was filled with oxygen to allow the astronaut to breathe normally.
Neil Armstrong also put on the suit before flying for the first time on the X-15.
This suit had to be small enough to fit into the tiny space of the Mercury capsule. It was used by Alan Shepard, the first American in space.
In this photo you can see how the clothes looked after being pressurized.
The David Clark Company built a series of NASA space suits for the Gemini project. In this photo, the G2-C was used by Neil Armstrong for initial training and testing.
Gus Grisson and John Young wore the G3-C suit on one flight before it was replaced by the G4-C.
The G4-C was designed to facilitate off-space activities and had a kind of umbilical cord that connected it to the capsule.
Ed White was the first American to "walk" in space and wore a G4-C space suit for this.
The G4-C was later modified to receive more layers of protection to test the USAF astronaut maneuver unit.
The G5-C suit was designed to be removed during the 14-day mission in which it would be worn. To help with this, designers have added many zippers to the costume.
Here you can see the clothes in more detail.
The A1C IVA is a modified version of the G3-C that was used by the Apollo 1 team. Clothing was discontinued following the fire in the Apollo 1 cabin that resulted in the death of the ship's three crew members.
The A7L was used by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin when the two astronauts stepped on the lunar surface. “A small step for man, but a big leap for humanity.”
Here you can see the inside of the suit without the thermal and micrometeorite protection layer.
The new outfit was designed for longer missions outside the rover and was more comfortable to move or sit on. In addition, she even brought a small compartment for storing cereal bars if the astronauts were hungry.
This is the inside view of the suit, where you can better see the difference between the A7L and A7LB.
SEES (Shuttle Ejection Escape Suit)
SEES was used on STS-1 through STS-4. It has a slightly less futuristic look and is closer to a military uniform.
Launch Entry Suit (LES)
A partial pressure suit worn before the Challenger space shuttle disaster.
ACES (Advanced Crew Escape Suit)
After the Challenger disaster, space suits were again pressurized. This model was based on MC-2.
Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU)
First introduced in 1981, the EMU is divided into two parts and allows protection, mobility and communication with the shuttle crew during an off-vehicle activity.
A more detailed view of the EMU control panel.
An astronaut using the EMU outside the spacecraft.
Developed by ILC Dover, the Z1 prototype was introduced in 2012 and has softer components and a look that seems to have been inspired by Buzz Lightyear.
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Still in the testing phase, the prototype cost $ 4.4 million for NASA.