Space suits

gagarin orange space suit vostokFACT – Russian winters are long and harsh. Vostok space suits included a bright orange outer garment, so that cosmonauts could be easily located in snow.


Photo by Eric Long, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution

Yuri Gagarin wore this orange pressure cosmonaut suit during training for his 1961 flight, when he became the first man in space. The US astronaut, John Glenn, wore the silver space suit during his 1962 flight, when he became the first American to orbit the Earth. Both suit designs were adapted from high-altitude pressure suits.

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