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The Evolution of Spacesuits

The evolution of spacesuits is a fascinating story. What they will look like for the return to the moon and beyond is one for the imagination.

NASA's spacesuits from the earliest days of travel into space looked very different from the ones used today.

Each adventure into space starting even before the Mercury program, each spacewalk, Shuttle flight, Skylab and the International Space Station mission and trips to the moon has changed the design of the space gear worn by the astronauts. The future trips to asteroids and Mars promise even greater changes.

This gallery will examine the evolution of space suits and related gear, from the first space trips involving animals to the planned trip to Mars.

John Blyler is a Design News senior editor, covering the electronics and advanced manufacturing spaces. With a BS in Engineering Physics and an MS in Electrical Engineering, he has years of hardware-software-network systems experience as an editor and engineer within the advanced manufacturing, IoT and semiconductor industries. John has co-authored books related to system engineering and electronics for IEEE, Wiley, and Elsevier.

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