How flight suits have evolved to keep astronauts safe in space

Today’s high-tech spacesuit materials are a far cry from the cotton and rubber used by early high-altitude pilots.

Space suits—designed to provide oxygen and consistent atmospheric pressure—have evolved from pressure suits for pilots in high-altitude planes to ones that can keep astronauts alive in the near-vacuum conditions of space.

Read more about past—and future—travels to the moon in our July cover story “50 years after Apollo 11, a new moon race is on.

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