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Jay Gallentine
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posted 05-17-2009 10:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay Gallentine   Click Here to Email Jay Gallentine     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Watched the Six Million Dollar Man episode "Population Zero" the other day. In it, Steve Austin briefly wears what looks to me to be a Gemini suit. Steve's not in space, but wears it while investigating a small town that may have been attacked by something like poison gas.

I'm no expert, but if that isn't a real suit it's a heck of a good imitation. Anybody know anything about it? Just curious!

Max Q
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posted 05-18-2009 05:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Max Q   Click Here to Email Max Q     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Man now that brings back some memories I haven't seen the Six Million Dollar Man for 20 years but is that the episode where he claims he wore that suit on the Moon?

Tonyq
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posted 05-18-2009 07:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tonyq   Click Here to Email Tonyq     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I don't know about the episode you refer to, but I know there is a two part episode called 'Deadly Countdown' which co-stars the British actress, Jenny Agutter.

Both Majors and Agutter wear Apollo A7L suits, and I remember reading that these were real suits which had been used in Skylab training.

Agutter's suit had been Pete Conrad's - presumably needed to be small enough for her.

I have got some screen grabs somewhere, which I'll post, if anyone is interested.

stsmithva
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posted 05-18-2009 12:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for stsmithva   Click Here to Email stsmithva     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A Lee Majors website run by a fan in the UK has a 1970s article (from the "Enquirer"; maybe National Enquirer) about the "Deadly Countdown" episode, complete with photos of him in the suit and of filming at Kennedy Space Center.

Here are some quotes from the article:

An ENQUIRER reporter and a photographer were with Majors at NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Fla., where he filmed a special two-part episode called "Enemy in Space," to be aired Sept. 25 and Oct. 2. (NB. This episode aired under the title "Deadly Countdown" - JP).

Majors' grueling role called for him to wear the same type of space suit NASA astronauts wore on their moon mission. Normally astronauts wear a special cooling suit under the 48 pound, 23 layer, $66,000 space suit, but the suit's system malfunctioned, leaving Majors to literally sweat his way through scene after strenuous scene.

Tonyq
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posted 05-18-2009 03:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tonyq   Click Here to Email Tonyq     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Interesting article. They appear to have had a lot of help and co-operation form NASA making these episodes.

Here are some screen shots of Agutter from the show:

Kevmac
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posted 05-19-2009 12:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kevmac   Click Here to Email Kevmac     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hey! What TV station is showing Six Million Dollar Man re-run episodes? I don't see it on TV Land schedules. Is it being run nationally or was this a local broadcast? Would love to see those again on TV.

E2M Lem Man
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posted 05-19-2009 05:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for E2M Lem Man   Click Here to Email E2M Lem Man     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Gemini suit and a few others are proudly shown at Edwards Air Force Base whenever they can during their airshows.

The are the property of the Air Force Environmental Control (read: Spacesuit) Office as they were lent to the Six Million Dollar Man show when they were shooting there. I was surprised the first time I saw them on display there in the 90's.

Philip
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posted 05-20-2009 01:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Kevmac:
Would love to see those again on TV.
All the episodes must be available as a DVD-box by now.

kr4mula
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posted 05-20-2009 11:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for kr4mula   Click Here to Email kr4mula     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Odd - Amazon only shows non-US versions currently available.

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