Gagarin wore this SK-1 pressure suit during training exercises for
his April 12, 1961, flight on Vostok. Notable features include a
visored helmet that is not detachable from the suit; the inflatable
rubber collar for use in the event of water landing; the bright
orange nylon oversuit, which has a mirror sewn into the sleeve to
help the cosmonaut locate hard-to-see switches and gauges; and the
gray-checked pressure liner with connectors for life-support and
communications hoses. The suit also has leather-palm gloves, heavy
leather boots, and a leather-covered radio headset.
Emmet, Toni, and Tessa Stephenson
draft checklist for the first man in space instructs Gagarin to
follow certain procedures before launch, in orbit, and during descent.
This is a copy made from the original manuscript.
of the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museums
GLENN'S SPACE SUIT
Glenn wore this space suit on February 20, 1962, when he became
the first American to orbit the Earth. Like the Gagarin suit, its
design was adapted from high-altitude pressure suits worn by aircraft
pilots. Glenn's suit was a lightweight multi-layered garment with
an aluminized nylon cover layer. Thirteen zippers, plus custom-fitted
gloves, boots, and helmet, assured a snug fit.
B.F. Goodrich Co.