Gemini space suit

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2015-06-26 10:59:18

Gemini space suit is a space suit worn by astronauts during Project Gemini. The suit was designed and developed by NASA.

History

The Gemini space suit was created as an improved version of NASA’s previous Mercury space suit which was designed for Project Mercury.

The Mercury space suit was not designed for space walking and astronauts found the space suit was constrictive when pressurised, making it difficult to move.

When NASA began their Gemini program, they had to design space suits not just for emergency use like previous suits, but for space walking as well.

In order to better cope with the space environment, the Gemini space suit had a neoprene rubber bladder constrained by netting, over which the suit had layers of Teflon-coared nylon to protect the wearer from micrometeoroids. Oxygen and air cooling were supplied through an umbilical-like cord.

After the Gemini program had ended, astronauts learned that cooling with air did not work as well as it should, often resulting in astronauts becoming overheated and exhausted from space walking. Often, their helmets would fog up on the inside.

NASA subsequently succeeded the Gemini space suit with the Apollo space suit.

Notable sales

The Gemini space suit designed for astronaut Alan Shepard was sold at a Regency Superior auction in 2010.

The space suit sold for $187,500.

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