Connection to Space Science
Suited for the Job
If you were designing a space suit, what types of materials would you use? Apollo space suits used on the Moon needed to be designed to hold up against the extreme lunar environment, and flexible enough for astronauts to move around easily. Scientists designing the space suit needed to use unique materials that would keep the astronaut both safe and comfortable.
Check out the x-ray image of an Apollo era space suit. Can you see where scientists used the bellow-shaped, rubber joints at the shoulder and elbows? Why would scientists want to use rubber, a special polymer, in a spacesuit?
To learn more about Apollo era space suits, visit our Shoot for the Moon exhibition where you’ll see a helmet and gloves designed for the Apollo 13 mission.