When Vance Brand had his official astronaut portrait taken in 1979, wearing the new Shuttle pressure suit, he confidently expected to wear it on his first flight in a few years’ time. Although it was questionable how useful Columbia’s ejection seats would be as a means of emergency escape, the suit at least would keep him alive in case of a cabin depressurisation during the trip back to Earth. Little did Brand know that when he and his STS-5 crew lifted off on 11 November 1982, they would be wearing little more than overalls and a helmet ...
KeywordsInternational Space Station European Space Agency Mission Specialist Shuttle Mission Shuttle Flight
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