8:00 p.m. Lecture
Discover the ingenuity and creativity that went into developing the ultimate life-support system—the space suit. The science of the space suit moved at lightning speed in the 20th century. There were technological hits—great advancements in suit construction, fabrication, and development—and misses, those promising experiments that never evolved beyond the laboratory. Join a panel of Smithsonian curators, scientists, engineers and astronauts as they discuss the modern technological marvel that enables astronauts to live and work in space.
Moderated by Dr. Cathleen Lewis, curator in the Division of Space History at the National Air and Space Museum, the panel will include:
- Joseph P. Kerwin, M.D., former astronaut and the science-pilot for Skylab 2
- Mr. Joseph Kosmo, spacesuit engineer, NASA
- Amanda Young, curator emeritus, National Air and Space Museum
- Dr. Vlodek Gabara, DuPont Fellow, DuPont Protection Technologies