We’re all born into this world with a certain suit. Unfortunately, our birthday suit was designed for earth. Luckily the magicians at NASA & ESA, the Soviets, the US military, and scientists & engineers across the world helped engineer a suit especially for space: the humble space suit.
This book (put together by the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum) details the unrefined, almost crude beginnings of suits built for leaving the comforts of Earth — and how it’s been refined & crafted into the modern suits we use today. Well, I don’t use them... though I really really want to.
Spacesuits captures a multitude of suits, concepts, prototypes, and accessories from the Smithsonian’s collection. It’s basically a picture book for adults — with some words, too, if you feel like reading.
Fun Fact: Astronauts look so stiff in space because their suits are filled with pressurized air, like a football. But the spacesuits of the future will be more skin tight, like a superhero!
This week ITS is being curated by [GREG BECK]. Greg is an Ohio-born New York-based graphic design do-gooder and amateur space enthusiast. His creative agency Longstride focuses on helping nonprofits and cause-related organizations get the best design possible. When he isn't busy saving the world, one typeface at a time, he is doing fancy NYC things like watching YouTube videos of NASA space launches and eating tacos. He is also on twitter.