Gemini 4 pp 24-39 | Cite as

Dressed for the occasion

  • David J. Shayler
Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)


The development and composition of pressure garments and their associated equipment for space exploration, especially those to be used for Extra-Vehicular Activity (EVA), are fascinating topics to study. The provision of personal protection from the environment and hazards of space has always been a challenge for the designers, engineers, fabricators and medical professionals associated with human space exploration. One of the miracles of modern technology, the spacesuit is essentially a personal spacecraft. When it is used for spacewalks, with independent maneuvering and life support systems and with no physical connection to the spacecraft, its wearer becomes a human satellite.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David J. Shayler
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  1. 1.Astronautical HistorianAstro Info Service Ltd.HalesowenUK

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