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Pressure Suit, A7-LB, Cernan, Apollo 17, Flown

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This object is on display in the Apollo to the Moon exhibition at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.

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:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Rights

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

Astronaut

Eugene A. Cernan

Manufacturer

ILC Industries Inc.

Credit Line

Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Materials

  • 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

Dimensions

Overall: 71 × 29 × 15 in., 35.4kg (180.3 × 73.7 × 38.1cm, 78lb.)

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National Air and Space Museum Collection

Country of Origin

United States of America

Type

PERSONAL EQUIPMENT-Pressure Suits

Inventory Number

A19740133000