Spacesuits for spacewalking


Since Edward White's first spacewalk in 1965, the suits which astronauts have worn in order to leave their spacecraft have changed tremendously. The advances in technology have allowed the suits to become much easier to move and work in. Here are some examples:

This image shows astronaut Edward H. White II during the Gemini 4 mission in June, 1965. This was the very first spacewalk made by an American. The astronaut is attached to the spacecraft by a 25-ft. line to provide air and a 23-ft. tether line to keep him from drifting away from his spacecraft. Both lines were wrapped in gold tape to form a single, thick cord.
Ed White's spacewalk
Ed White's spacewalk
Apollo Spacecraft
Apollo spacesuit
This image is from the Apollo 14 mission to the Moon. It shows astronaut Alan B. Shepard getting into his suit just before the launch on January 31, 1971. This is the same suit the astronauts wore while walking on the lunar surface. Don't forget your helmet, Alan!

This image is from a 1995 Shuttle mission (STS-63). The two astronauts, Bernard Harris and C. Michael Foale, are getting ready to leave the Shuttle in order to retrieve the SPARTAN 204 satellite from space.

Spacewalking from the Shuttle
Spacewalking from the Shuttle


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