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Spacesuits past and future at AMC Museum Feb. 23

How a little Delaware company became the world’s leader in spacesuit development
Feb 18, 2014

Fans of the movie “Gravity” or people who watched the recent spacewalk to repair the International Space Station can see how much protection real space suits provide at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 23, when they learn firsthand about spacesuits, from NASA’s earliest suits up through tomorrow’s designs.

Featured speaker Bill Ayrey of ILC Dover will reveal the fascinating story of how a little Delaware company became the world’s leader in spacesuit development. Ayrey is a dynamic expert speaker who can reach audiences of all ages. He will also have spacesuit gloves to try on to get a feel for what it takes to work in space.

ILC Space suits now have more than 1,700 hours protecting astronauts from the hazards of the space environment, including problem-free lunar spacewalks during the Apollo missions. Ayrey will bring an Apollo-era suit along with the currently used suit for the audience to examine.

This is a free event for museum members and children 16 years and younger.  A $5 donation is requested of nonmembers over 16 years of age.

Access to the Air Mobility Command Museum is from Delaware Route 9 just one-half mile from Exit 91 off U.S. 113 south of the base. Visitors can follow the AMC Museum signs for easy access.

Museum hours 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. Museum admission and parking are free, and photography is welcome. Call 302-677-5938 for more information. Adults and children of all ages are encouraged to come and enjoy learning about the history of the United States Air Force.

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