posted on Jan, 6 2011 @ 11:48 PM
This has to be one the best all around fun and learning threads-for me. I had a blast doing this one-and it took some work. I hope you
At the Source Article
you can access the interactive photos of the suits-check it out, you won't be disappointed-well most of you won't). Click on them and over them to
see things up close. Example. This one here:
Freedom 7 Suit:
The orignal suit worn by Alan B. Shepard, one of the original "Mercury 7". He wore this suit on the first flight of an Ameican Astronaut in 1961
(be sure to note the name on the suit)
View of Astronaut Alan Shepard inside the Freedom 7 (notice the name on the suit in the 2nd photo-what a nice tie together piece)
MARK IV Suit:
The Navy Mark IV (or the "Mercury spacesuit") high-altitude pressure suit was a full-body pressure suit originally developed by the B.F.
Goodrich Company and the U.S. Navy for wear in high-altitude fighter aircraft operations. It is best known for its role as the spacesuit worn for all
manned Project Mercury spaceflights.
Universal Helmut X-Ray:
(how cool is this!)
Universal Helmut X-Ray:
This 1964 A4-H “Universal” helmet, was designed to fit on more
than one suit. The X-ray reveals ball bearings in the neck ring that allow the helmut to move right and left without restriction
NOTE: There are several more X-ray shots of the rest of an outfit. Pretty good stuff-at the source article-sorry. Besides, you can interact with the
photo more there. And, at this sight:
The EX Hard Space Suit Series (AX-2 shown at source):
American space suit, tested 1964-68. Between 1964 and 1968 two hard suit assemblies were developed at NASA-ARC, identified as the AX-1 (Ames
Experimental) and AX-2. These suits were the first to demonstrate multiple bearing technology. The AX-3 was an 0.5 bar suit, 23 kg, 0.5 to 0.7 bar
operational pressure, with improved mobility and was completed in 1977. The program culminated in the development of the prototype AX-5, an all hard
suit for high pressure application and zero prebreathe in the 1980's. The AX-5 shared common design goals with the ILC Mark III. For example, they
had to be easy to get into and out of, be comfortable to wear, and allow adequate mobility and range of motion for the jobs to be performed. Both were
designed to be altered to fit different size astronauts. Gross mass: 23 kg (50 lb).
Well, I hope this thread got your interest and you go to the main source piece and the other links I posted here. I wish I could do more but it's
late. Enjoy and have fun checking this stuff out. I have to admit that the Hard Suits really was fun reading about. The minds at work for this
stuff is amazing. Better hope Russia or China doesn't come around offering them some serious money.