Pressure Suit, Apollo A7-L, Shepard, Training

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 worn by astronaut Alan Shepard, and was used for training purposes prior to the Apollo 14 mission in January/February 1971.

Training suits were identical to those worn during flight, and were designed to familiarize the astronaut to the weight and "feel" of the suits to be used during the mission. As with the flight suits, training suits could be pressurized and worn with relative comfort for up to 115 hours in conjunction with the liquid cooling garment.

The spacesuit was made by the International Latex Corporation, with the designation A-7L, and was constructed in the Extra-vehicular or EV configuration. The life support systems were made by Hamilton Standard.

Transferred from NASA in 1975.