Soviets developed this space suit for use by a cosmonaut on the
Moon. Called Krechet ("Golden Falcon"), it differs from
the Apollo space suit in several ways:
- The backpack
life-support unit is hinged like a door, allowing the cosmonaut
to step into the suit.
- Although the arms
and legs are flexible, the torso of the Krechet suit is a semi-rigid
- The control panel
on the chest folds up out of the way when not in use.
- The boots are made
of flexible leather.
the Apollo helmet, the Krechet helmet has a gold-coated outer visor
for protection from bright sunlight. The life-support backpacks
of the two suits are also similar, containing systems to provide
oxygen, suit pressure, temperature and humidity control, and communications.
similar space suit is used by cosmonauts working outside the Russian
space station Mir.
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