Apollo Era Space Suit

Hamilton Standard (now Collins Aerospace) has been and continues to be an integral player in space exploration. During the Apollo-era, Hamilton provided the life-support systems for the astronaut’s lunar space suits, as well as environmental control systems on the Lunar Module.

Here at the New England Air Museum, the backup suit for astronaut James Irwin is on display. Each astronaut on an Apollo mission would have three suits tailor made for them, including a backup suit. Irwin flew on Apollo 15, and became the eighth person to ever walk on the moon.


NEAM Volunteer Don Rethke reflects on the history of James Irwin’s Apollo era space suit.

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