Book Review: ‘Spacesuit - Fashioning Apollo’
On 20 July 1969, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin carried out the ultimate test of the 21-layer spacesuit when they walked on the surface of the moon.
It was no easy task to fashion a flight suit that was both comfortable to wear and resilient to the extremes of space-travel temperatures. The American International Latex Corporation, though, best known for Playtex, developed the Apollo suits in conjunction with NASA, having won a three-week trial against the much-fancied Hamilton Standard/United Aircraft conglomerate.
De Monchaux also touches on the image of the cyborg in popular mythology, contemporary fashion and the role the iconic suit has had on the world’s consciousness.
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