The, White Cloud Worn By Astronauts

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The puffy, white cloud worn by astronauts has become iconic over the years. It is frequently depicted and is often used as a basis for sci-fi adventures, but despite its incredible popularity, the spacesuit’s history, complexity, and purpose are not widely appreciated. Furthermore, the reason behind space exploration is a misunderstood concept that is often attributed just to human curiosity and endeavor, leading to the question of whether or not it is worth risking lives for something that seemingly provides no benefit. Regardless of this, the development of the astronaut suit in America has been intricate; consequently, there are high hopes that the suit being developed for deep-space exploration will succeed and that with its completion…show more content…
The B.F. Goodrich Company manufactured the Mercury spacesuit that was essentially an aluminized version of the previous Mark IV spacesuit and was made of two essential components: A “long-john” type cotton garment and an aluminized suit. The Gemini space program presented an entirely new challenge to spacesuit designers. As the Gemini spacecraft had cramped quarters, the spacesuits had to be compact yet mobile. The David Clark Company designed the Gemini spacesuit to have several redundancies and comfort. Amanda Young writes (2009), “It was during these missions that American astronauts got their first real experience at living, working and maneuvering in space” (pg. 40). In fact, the capsule was previously considered the first system for the survival of astronauts, but during the Gemini program, the spacesuit became the primary survival system, guarding against cold, heat, lack of air pressure, lack of oxygen, etc. Although the Gemini program is generally considered a less exciting step to landing on the moon than Mercury or Apollo, the Gemini space program should be recognized and appreciated for how much it impacted the survival (essentially the maintenance of homeostasis) of the Apollo astronauts. The Apollo mission, perhaps the most well known American space mission, is of course famous for putting man on the moon, but it took several clever improvements to the spacesuit in order to maintain homeostasis for
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