This page contains a graphical history of the space suits used by NASA. The manned space programs, in chronological order, covered are:
Initiated in 1958, completed in 1963, Project
Mercury was the United States' first man-in-space program.
The objectives of the program, which made six manned flights
from 1961 to 1963, were specific:
Enos, a chimpanzee,
in his custom-designed space suit.
Mercury space suit components
Survival kit used by Mercury astronauts
Food package used by Mercury astronauts
Group portrait of Mercury Program astronauts
Astronaut Alan P. Shepard, Jr. in his Mercury pressure suit
Like Mercury's, its major objectives were clear-cut:
Gemini astronauts in full pressure suits.
Astronaut Walter Schirra in the Gemini VI spacecraft.
Food packets for use on Gemini spacecraft.
Artist's concept of prototype Apollo space suit
Space suit A-3H-024 with Lunar Excursion
Module astronaut restraint harness
Test subject wears overgarment designed for use on lunar surface
Test subject models uprated Apollo A6L pressure suit
Cutaway of life support pack for Apollo space suit
Astronaut John Bull wears the A6-L type pressure Garmet Assembly
Two astronauts check the mobility of two different types of Apollo space suits
Astronaut John Bull wears newly designed Apollo pressure suit
The Apollo space suit.
A Shuttle astronaut practices donning an EVA suit in a weightless
environment aboard NASA's KC-135 aircraft.
A Shuttle astronaut receives assistance while donning an
A Shuttle astronaut donning a dark green "G suit."