Pressure Suit, A7-L, Collins, Apollo 11, Flown

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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 worn by astronaut and Command Module Pilot Michael Collins during the Apollo 11 mission in July 1969. Apollo 11 was the first lunar landing mission. While the landing was underway, Collins remained in the Command module and circled the moon.

To ensure the maximum mobility and comfort for the astronaut, the suits were custom fitted. The astronaut entered the suit from the rear, through the pressure sealing slide fastener opening. Convoluted joint sections of rubber were located in the shoulders, elbows, knees, hips and ankles. From the inside out, the suit was constructed of a nylon comfort layer, a neoprene-coated nylon pressure bladder and nylon restraint layer. The outer layers of the spacesuit consisted of Nomex and two layers of Teflon-coated Beta cloth, followed by layers of neoprene-coated nylon, Beta/ Kapton spacer laminate, and an outer layer of Teflon-coated Beta cloth.

Transferred from NASA - Manned Spacecraft Center in 1971.

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum

Manufacturer

Astronaut

Credit Line

Transferred from NASA, Manned Spacecraft Center

Materials

  • Exterior: Beta cloth, nylon, polyester, velcro
  • Interior: Neoprene/Rubber, nylon
  • Connectors: Anodized aluminium, 2 blue, 1 red
  • Neck ring: Anodized aluminium, red
  • Wrist locking rings: Anodized aluminium, red, blue
  • Other: Brass, Steel, rubber (silicone)

Dimensions

Approximate: 5ft 6in. x 2ft 8in. x 11in. (167.64 x 81.3 x 27.9cm)

Country of Origin

United States of America

Type

PERSONAL EQUIPMENT-Pressure Suits

Inventory Number

A19730042000