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Testing the First Spacesuits, 1964

pap0016a.jpg Geology Training on the Bonito Lava Flow, 1964ThumbnailsTesting Suits on the Bonito Lava Flow

Description: The first spacesuits were tested in Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument in 1964, but not by astronauts.

Although members of the Apollo crew were present, the suits were too small for any of them, so the actual tests were done by Gene Shoemaker, Jerry Harbor, and Gene Phillippi, all of the Branch of Astrogeology, which later became NASA.

Collection: USGS Open-File Report 2005-1190, Figure 016a.

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