NASA Art at the Smithsonian

Ever since Alan Shepard's history making flight in 1961, NASA astronauts have relied on spacesuits to help them work and keep them safe. From the shiny silver of the Mercury suit to the orange "pumpkin suits" of shuttle crews, the suits have served as personal spacecraft, protecting explorers during launch and entry, while working on the International Space Station, or walking on the moon.

Just as NASA has a new spacecraft, Orion, new suits will be needed to protect future astronauts as they return to the moon and eventually journey to Mars.


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