By John Ekdahl
The story behind the Apollo space suit is a bizarre one, as highlighted by Wired last year. There are some great pictures of Aldrin, Collins, and Armstrong testing out the new suits there, so make sure to click through.
Neil Armstrong’s first footfall on the moon was one small step for man, but it was one giant leap for a maker of ladies’ girdles. He wouldn’t have had such a snazzy spacesuit were it not for an epic struggle between a by-the-book defense contractor and a lingerie company run by a car mechanic and a TV repairman.
MIT called it “a triumph of intimacy over engineering“. The Apollo space suit was much different than the suits previously developed, because they had to be able to walk on the moon without a connecting hose.
For walking on the moon, the space suit was supplemented with a pair of protective overboots, gloves with rubber fingertips, a set of filters/visors worn over the helmet for protection from sunlight, and a portable life support backpack that contained oxygen, carbon-dioxide removal equipment and cooling water. The space suit and backpack weighed 180 lb (82 kg) on Earth, but only 30 lb (14 kg) on the moon.
NASA has a nice interactive site to learn more about the current space suit.
Rest in peace, Neil.
Don’t forget to pay your bills. This goes for baseball teams, too.
The Worcester Tornadoes played the Quebec Capitales before a good crowd at Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field last night, but fans had trouble recognizing the home team.
That’s because the Worcester players and coaches took the field wearing Can-Am League-issued uniforms after the lawyer representing local businesses owed money by the team confiscated their Tornadoes jerseys.
The legal maneuver came hours after the Hilton Garden Inn joined the list of creditors filing suit against the Tornadoes and the independent baseball team’s owner, Todd Breighner.
Funny, all HE ever glimpsed through the trees was the loading dock at Formica World…
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