Did anyone else watch Monday night’s spectacular space documentary For All Mankind on BBC4? The 1989 documentary told the story of Apollo 11 and showed some breathtaking footage of the lunar landing. I find myself inexplicably fascinated by imagery of space and astronauts, especially photography. 2009 is (was?) the 40th anniversary of the Apollo moon landings and the occasion was commemorated with the book Spacesuits: The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Collection.
The sad thing is that despite their phenomenal technical properties (some were made to withstand heat of 275 degrees farenheit), the suits are surprisingly fragile. They were made for a short life span in extreme conditions and now lie draped in muslin to preserve what’s left of them.
30 December, 2009 @ 9:26 am
Those are fascinating, thanks for sharing. It is eccentric to find them pretty?
30 December, 2009 @ 2:09 pm
I think they're quite beautiful <3
Might 4oD that. xx
30 December, 2009 @ 3:00 pm
I actually find them stylish in a weird way. I could definitely see them ending up in an exhibition at The Costume Institute! :)
30 December, 2009 @ 3:54 pm
I would never have guessed that they were delicate…
1 January, 2010 @ 6:35 pm
Oh no I missed this, sounds so interesting. My boyfriend got me a telescope for Christmas, so my inner sace geek is set to be properly unleashed.
Happy new year! Claire x