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U.S. space gear : outfitting the astronaut

Author: Lillian D Kozloski
Publisher: Washington : Smithsonian Institution Press, ©1994.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : National government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"With more than 150 illustrations, most from the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum photo archive, U.S. Space Gear introduces students and space buffs to the development of the American space suit. From the earliest days of flight, design of comfortable yet protective flying clothing has proved almost as great a challenge as the creation of airplanes and spacecraft. As advancing technologies  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Kozloski, Lillian D.
U.S. space gear.
Washington : Smithsonian Institution Press, ©1994
(DLC) 92034611
(OCoLC)26851246
Material Type: Document, Government publication, National government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Lillian D Kozloski
OCLC Number: 623508754
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (xi, 238 pages) : illustrations
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: Ch. 1. Flying Suits --
Ch. 2. Development of the Pressure Suit --
Ch. 3. Mercury Space Suits --
Ch. 4. Gemini Space Suits --
Ch. 5. Apollo Space Suits --
Ch. 6. Space Suits for the Manned Orbiting Laboratory, Skylab, and the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project --
Ch. 7. Space Shuttle Suits --
Ch. 8. Advanced Development Space Suits --
Ch. 9. Space Suits in the National Collection --
App. 1. NASA Management Instruction 1052.85 --
App. 2. The National Air and Space Museum Guidelines for the Exhibition, Care, and Handling of Space Suits --
App. 3. The Materials Revolution --
Superpolymers and Plastics --
App. 4. Pressure Suits in the Aeronautical Collection of the Preservation/Study Collections / Paul E. Garber --
App. 5. Pressure Suits in the Space Collection of the Preservation/Study Collections / Paul E. Garber --
App. 6. Project Mercury Summary --
App. 7. Project Gemini Summary --
App. 8. Project Apollo Summary --
App. 9. Project Skylab Summary --
App. 10. Apollo-Soyuz Test Project Summary --
App. 11. Space Shuttle Summary.
Other Titles: US space gear.
Responsibility: Lillian D. Kozloski.

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"With more than 150 illustrations, most from the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum photo archive, U.S. Space Gear introduces students and space buffs to the development of the American space suit. From the earliest days of flight, design of comfortable yet protective flying clothing has proved almost as great a challenge as the creation of airplanes and spacecraft. As advancing technologies carried pilots nearer to space, suits were needed to duplicate the earth's atmosphere - its pressure, oxygen supply, and temperature." "Lillian Kozloski shows how researchers and suit designers culled life-saving ideas from sources both expected and obscure: deep-sea divers' equipment, the pressurized inner tubes of car tires, tomato worms, and medieval armor. Combinations of these ideas led to the protective garments still worn by high-flying pilots and to the full pressure suit, which became the modern space suit. Synthetic materials, such as Nomex, Mylar, and Kevlar, also played a significant role in making space clothing a reality." "U.S. Space Gear covers the development of the suits for each manned spaceflight program (Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Skylab, and the present-day Shuttle) and the care and maintenance of space clothing." "Conservators, museum specialists, and others who work with textiles will appreciate the historical information on textiles used in space suits and the National Air and Space Museum protocols for handling newer synthetics that are ideal for short-term high performance in space but often cannot stand up to the more mundane rigors of museum display."--BOOK JACKET.

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