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MCroft04
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posted 11-17-2009 01:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MCroft04   Click Here to Email MCroft04     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Robert. The person who emailed me didn't mention the positive air flow.

Cathleen S. Lewis, PhD
Curator of International Space Programs and Spacesuits
Division of Space History

I noted the Cathleen cc'ed one Michael Newfeld, author of the excellent book titled Von Braun.

moorouge
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posted 11-17-2009 04:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for moorouge   Click Here to Email moorouge     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Amanda Young's book "Spacesuits" lists the location of the Apollo suits, including which one's are missing.

My understanding, from researching the case of Aldrin's missing suit, is that despite what labels may say many of those on display are specially built for that purpose. The only way to be absolutely certain of what you are looking at is to check the serial number.

MCroft04
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posted 11-17-2009 05:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MCroft04   Click Here to Email MCroft04     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So are you saying that Aldrin's suit at the National Air and Space Museum is not really the one he wore on the lunar surface? Dave Scott's? Gene Cernan's? Alan Bean's?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 11-17-2009 06:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
All the flown Apollo spacesuits are accounted for; Aldrin's suit as well as the others on display at the National Air and Space Museum (and loaned and displayed elsewhere) are the genuine articles.

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 01-07-2015 05:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
While looking through this thread I could not help but notice again the gloves in the images posted by Scott. Wrapped in polythene is not good or accepted practice from an archival standpoint.

The latex in the gloves off-gas as they age and this gas is "corrosive" to the the point it hastens their deterioration.

I just hope their storage has changed since the photo was taken.

Stafford Air&Space
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posted 01-08-2015 10:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Stafford Air&Space   Click Here to Email Stafford Air&Space     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
We have General Stafford's flown Apollo X suit on display.

328KF
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posted 08-19-2015 10:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 328KF   Click Here to Email 328KF     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does anyone know the current whereabouts of Charlie Duke's flown suit? I'm passing through Columbia SC shortly and was thinking of stopping to have a look.

p51
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posted 08-19-2015 05:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A Field Guide to American Spacecraft has some reasonably accurate locations for most of these suits.

Over the years, I've seen most of the Apollo spacesuits in museums in the U.S. I have dozens of photos saved but few ready to post online. I've seen this one on display at the Huntsville center several times, in the Davidson building with the Saturn V, you can reach out and touch it. I'd love to know which one this is...

Here's a great one I saw last October, Al's EVA suit. It was in the Kennedy Space Center Saturn V building, within about 20 feet of the Apollo 14 capsule:


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