Mercury – Space suits for program with the same name

Mercury – Space suits for program with the same name

  • In use in the years: 1961 – 1963
  • Spaceships: Mercury.
  • Weight: 10 kg.
Mercury – Space suits for program with the same name. Using thermal insulation, on the inside of the suit it was a layer of nylon covered with neoprene. On the outside, aluminum nylon. The protective suit was first worn by Alan B. Shepard (1923 – 1998), who on May 5, 1961 made the first American space flight, although without circling the Earth.

An important shortcoming of this suit was immediately revealed, as it had no solution to the physiological needs of the cosmonaut. It was assumed that he would spend only a quarter of an hour in space. Although Shepard was weightless for only four minutes, launch preparations dragged on for eight hours. His successor Gus Grissom was given a rubber diaper. Only John H. Glenn (1921 – 2016), the first American in orbit, had a full-fledged urine collection device at his disposal.

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