Kennedy Space Center to Display Robert Behnken, Douglas Hurley’s Historic SpaceX Spacesuits

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NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley made history on May 30, 2020, by becoming the first NASA crew to launch from U.S. soil in almost a decade. (NASA image)

BREVARD COUNTY • KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLORIDA – NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley made history on May 30, 2020, by becoming the first NASA crew to launch from U.S. soil in almost a decade.

Guests of Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex will get a first look at the high-tech launch and re-entry spacesuits in a special, limited-time exhibit.

Among the distinguishing features: the helmets are 3D printed, the gloves are touch-screen sensitive, and the custom suits are all one piece.

The suits will be on display on the lower level of the Space Shuttle Atlantis® attraction at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and will be enclosed in transparent acrylic, enabling a 360-degree view.

Guests interested in learning more about the evolution of spacesuits can find many representing different space programs on display throughout the visitor complex.

Among the distinguishing features: the helmets are 3D printed, the gloves are touch-screen sensitive, and the custom suits are all one piece. (KSC image)
Examples include Alan Shepard’s spacesuit, which is still covered in Moondust, in the Treasures Gallery at the Apollo/Saturn V Center. (KSC image)

Examples include Alan Shepard’s spacesuit, which is still covered in Moondust, in the Treasures Gallery at the Apollo/Saturn V Center.

Near the Hubble Space Telescope in Space Shuttle Atlantis is a dramatic replica of the McCandless spacesuit and MMU in which astronaut Bruce McCandless made history performing a spacewalk during STS-41B with no lifelines tethering him to space shuttle Challenger.

Guests will also be in awe of Mercury 7 astronaut Gus Grissom’s space suit on display at Heroes and Legends.

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