Pressure suit, A7-L, Borman, Apollo 8, Flown

Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

This spacesuit was made for and worn by Frank Borman, Commander of the Apollo 8 mission that was the first of the Apollo missions to orbit the moon in December 1968.

The Apollo spacesuits were designed to provide a life sustaining environment for the astronaut during periods of extra vehicular activity or during unpressurized spacecraft operation. They permitted maximum mobility and were designed to be worn with relative comfort for up to 115 hours in conjunction with the liquid cooling garment. If necessary, they were also capable of being worn for 14 days in an unpressurized mode.

The spacesuit was made by ILC Industries, Inc. with the designation A-7L and was constructed in the Extra-vehicular or EV configuration.

NASA transferred this object to the museum in 1969.