An x-ray of Alan Shepard’s Apollo 14 spacesuit allows curators and conservators to “see” inside space clothing—a task that had previously been done by peering through the neck or the wrist with a flashlight.
The Garret AiResearch EX-1A used toroidal joints to maintain a constant volume, useful when maintaining a pressurised environment. It never flew, and its successor, the AirResearch AES suit, was chosen for missions 18 to 20 of the Apollo programme- missions that never happened.
It’s been two weeks since I posted Mark and Roland Cunningham’s X-ray photograph of Alan B Shepard’s Apollo 14 spacesuit, which is now at well over 8,500 notes (thanks to being featured on Tumblr’s Radar).
I wasn’t the first (and I’m sure I won’t be the last) to post this image. For example, it was featured in an article on the Smithsonian’s spacesuit collection in the New York Times, along with annotations. Nonetheless, thanks to all of you who liked or reblogged the image, and those of you who’ve tagged along as followers since. (captioned image via)