Suited for Space


Alan Shepard wore this A7-L extravehicular suit on the Apollo 14 mission in 1971. Photo by Mark Avino/Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum.

Discover the ingenuity and innovation behind the ultimate life-support system—the space suit. With never-before-seen images of interior construction, Suited for Space reveals how a modern technological marvel enables astronauts to live and work in space.

Travel through nearly a century of space-suit design and development, from the earliest high-altitude pressure suits to the iconic white suits of Apollo and Skylab. Relive the uncertain days of NASA’s first forays into space and the triumphs of the lunar landings.

From facilitating movement and dexterity in small spaces and remaining pressurized in zero gravity, to efficiently providing essential oxygen, heating, and cooling, advances in space-suit technology have made space travel possible.

Plan your visit

Suited for Space will be on display from May 19, 2014, to November 14, 2014.

Admission is free. The museum at CHF is open Monday–Friday, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., and First Fridays, March to December, 10:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m (except July 4, noon–4:00 p.m.).

Check our visitor information page for directions to the museum, information on accessibility, and additional details to help you plan your visit. Group tours are available by appointment.


Suited for Space is developed by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) in collaboration with the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. The national exhibition tour is generously supported by DuPont.



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