A Pressure Suit for Every Occasion and Atmosphere

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When a sealed, pressurised vessel (say, you) is exposed to a vacuum (say, space), things tend to get splattery. These fifteen atmospheric suits from our friends at Oobject are the hallmarks of life-support design from the golden age of exploration.

When you're done appreciating the pressure suit's role in keeping our astronauts space-blindness-free, check out these claustrophobic space capsules and some abandoned space technology.


USSR Canine Cosmonaut Space Suit: The suit worn by Laika


US XM-2 hypersonic plane, pilot suit: Hypersonic refers to speeds of more than Mach 5. The prototype suit being tested here, in a vacuum chamber full of what are presumably heat lamps was for the X-15 plane.


Spanish high altitude balloon suit, 1935.


Polish Wuk-90 Mig Pilot pressure suit: Mounted unworn, it looks like a discarded snake skin.


MX-117 'Tomato Worm' pressure suit developed for USAAF crews in WWII.


NASA Apollo, Space Shuttle and 1997 I-suit compared.


1977 NASA Hardsuit AX-3 mobility demonstration.


Annotated space suit x-ray.


US RX2A Suit, by Litton, 1965.


Grumman moon suit: Designed for roaming around the moon, the odd bell shape means that the wearer can retract his arms inside the suit. Note the tie.


US high altitude spy plane pressure suit: Worn by SR-71 and U2 pilots.


1962 Mercury mission pressure suit.


US 1960s Prototype Suit.


Orland DM Russian Spacesuit showing life support system.


Us 1934 Worlds first pressure suit made for Wiley Post: There were three suits made and only one worked (not this one). The others had a round viewing window, like a diving helmet, rather than this square, welding mask style one.