Apollo Spacesuit

Apollo Spacesuit

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A brief description of my Apollo spacesuit
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A brief description of my Apollo spacesuit

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Submitted: April 28, 2017

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It’s safe to say that pretty much everyone collects something whether it be antiques, coins, cars, model trains or shoes— most of have a collection or two.  So what do I collect?  Spacesuits!  Yes, spacesuits are a very odd item to collect and I’ve always had a strange obsession with space and spacesuits.  Not far from where I live we have the National Air and Space Museum and the museum occasionally hires me to suit up in one of my spacesuits and do demonstrations or hand out brochures in the lobby while dressed as an astronaut. 

My favorite suits in my collection are my Apollo A7L spacesuits, which I own two of.  Both suits are accurate replicas made by a company that produces space props for filmmakers in Hollywood.  I love the Apollo “moon” suits because of their classic design— it is pretty much the spacesuit that first comes to mind when someone thinks of an astronaut, although they probably don’t know that it’s an Apollo suit.

Both Apollo spacesuits that I own are made out of a bright white, soft, nylon-like fabric that has sort of a silky texture in your hand.  There is an American Flag sewn into the left sleeve of the suits and there is also a NASA patch sewn into the chest of the suits.  The space helmet is white on the backside with clear glass on the front and the oxygen pack is also white.  There is also a gold visor that comes down over the clear glass to protect the astronaut's eyes from bright UV rays in space.  The oxygen pack is connected to the front of the suit via some oxygen hoses and the suits are completed with white space boots and white gloves.  In order to achieve the “puffy” look that actual spacesuits have there is an under layer that you first put on before putting on the spacesuit.

Despite the bulkiness of the suits, they are actually quite comfortable to wear but they do slow your movements down a lot and the space helmet greatly restricts your field of view.  The boots are a bit clumsy and the space gloves also reduce your dexterity.  But other than that they are very comfortable and they almost feel like you are wearing a pillow.  Surprisingly they are actually cool to wear during the summer and warm during the winter, which is also nice if you are using them for events like I do.

As I said, I occasionally do demonstrations at the space museum all suited up.  Inside of the museum they have a life size replica of the lunar lander and I often do a reenactment of an astronaut slowly climbing down the ladder and stepping onto the lunar surface.  I’ve had numerous pictures taken of me in one of my Apollo spacesuits climbing down the ladder and a lot of people at the museum have requested a photo of them standing next to me.  I’ve also been filmed in one of my suits for a remake of the lunar scene from the original Superman II, where the American astronauts get attacked and killed by Ursa and General Zod.  It seems like everyone has been a big fan of the Apollo spacesuits, not just me!


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