Book U.S. Space Gear

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  • U.S. Space Gear is an excellent primer on the history of the first flying (pressure) suits; early (and continuing) efforts to better understand human physiology at various altitudes and pressures; and space suit heritage for the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, and Shuttle programs.
  • From the earliest days of flight, design of comfortable yet protective flying clothing has proved almost as great a challenge as the creation of airplanes and spacecraft. With more than 150 illustrations, this volume shows how researchers and designers culled life-saving ideas from sources both expected and obscure: deep-sea divers' equipment, pressurized inner tubes, tomato worms, and medieval armor.