Blue Dot 197: LUNAR OUTFITTERS: A Conversation With Space Suit Historian Bill Ayrey

Dec 11, 2020

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Dave once again delves into the Apollo Program 50 years ago with this in depth look at the iconic space suits that Neil Armstrong and his 11 fellow moonwalkers wore on the lunar surface. Bill Ayrey is tge author of the new book, Lunar Outfitters: Making The Apollo Spacesuit.

Bill worked for decades as a test engineer during the Space Shuttle era for ILC, the International Latex Corporation, and has served as a historian for them in liason with The Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, which curates the Apollo suits including Armstrong's.

Bill takes Dave on a fascinating journey through the development of the custom, mostly handmade suits that protected the Apollo astronauts.