Museum of Science and Industry

Suited for Space

April 6, 2011 - September 25, 2011

Exhibit Essentials

This exhibit is suitable for all ages.
Included with Museum Entry

Through rare and original photography, including unique, new X-ray images of the interiors of the spacesuits, this exhibit reveals how the modern technological marvel that is the spacesuit enables astronauts to live and work in space. Outfitted in this critical piece of engineering, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin survived the hostile conditions on the Moon, where temperatures range from 253 degrees F during the day to minus 387 F at night.

The exhibit will also take you through the evolution of spacesuits. You’ll be guided through the groundbreaking advances of the Gemini and Mercury mission suits to Armstrong and Aldrin’s Apollo suits, which facilitated movement and dexterity in small spaces, remaining pressurized in zero gravity and providing essential oxygen, heating, and cooling in as efficient a manner as possible.

This is a must-explore exhibit for all ages. See for yourself the remarkable creativity and determination of the extraordinary few who ventured into space and the brilliant ingenuity of the hundreds more who worked tirelessly—and often anonymously—to get them there.

Suited For Space is organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service in collaboration with the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum and generously supported by DuPont.

Photos: (this page) X-ray by Roland Cunningham and Mark Avino; (elsewhere) Freedom 7 suit photo by Mark Avino/Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum

Museum Hours
  • Daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Open daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas
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Museum of Science+Industry
5700 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60637
1 (773) 684-1414
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