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Hands and Gloves in Space

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There is a common saying that the hands are where the mind meets the world. In space there is no direct contact between the mind and the world. This transaction is mediated by the artificial structures called gloves. I came to realize the extent of this interference most profoundly several weeks ago when I saw   …Continue Reading

That’s One Small Step. . .

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These suits have come a long way. True, it’s only 37 miles from Suitland, Maryland to Chantilly, VA. On a good day, that’s less than an hour’s drive on the beltway. But today, like 42 years ago, these suits are worlds away from where they came.   On December 6th, the spacesuit that Neil Armstrong   …Continue Reading

Take Me Out to the Ball Game!

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The 2011 Major League Baseball season starts today at 1:05pm, when the National Air and Space Museum’s hometown Washington Nationals host the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park. This afternoon the red and white uniforms of the Nationals will stand out against the bright green of the field.  In the late 1950s, players took to the   …Continue Reading

A Curator’s Preamble to a Move

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Sixty-two suits.  Toni Thomas and I came up with that number after several days counting spacesuits and flight suits on stepladders in the Environmental Storage Room, Building 24 (ESRB24) at the Paul E. Garber Facility.  These were the pressure suits in the National Air and Space Museum spacesuit collection that still needed soft, conservation-correct storage   …Continue Reading

A Blending of Photography and X-Ray

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While spacesuit curator Amanda Young and I were routinely working on photographing the space suits, she was telling me that after a series of test x-rays were taken of the smaller objects such as gloves, boots, and helmets, she wanted to have a whole spacesuit X-rayed. She asked my advice on how the radiologist, Roland   …Continue Reading