Collection Item Summary:
This spacesuit was the last spacesuit worn on the moon, and was made for, and worn by astronaut Eugene A. Cernan, commander of the Apollo 17 mission in December of 1972.
The suit was constructed by the International Latex Corporation, with the designation A-7LB, and consisted of approximately 26 layers of materials designed to protect the astronaut from the extremes of temperature to be found in the vacuum of space and on the lunar surface. When combined with the portable life support system and other components making up the extravehicular mobility unit, it all weighed approximately 185 pounds here on earth.
Transferred to the national Air and Space Museum from NASA in 1974.
Collection Item Long Description:
- Exterior: Beta cloth, Chromel-R, nylon, polyester, Aluminium, velcro
- Interior: Nylon, rubber/Neoprine, mylar, polyester
- Neckring: Anodized aluminium, red
- Connectors: Anodized aluminium, 2 red, 4 blue
- Wrist locking rings: Anodized aluminium, one red, one blue