Lunar Fashions at Kennedy Space Center

In the culmination of the Apollo space program, between July 1969 and December 1972, NASA landed six manned missions on the Moon. After being blasted into space in tiny, cramped Command Modules that sat like hats atop Saturn V rockets, the most powerful rockets ever built, twelve men had the most incredible, unique experience of walking on another world.

The Apollo 14 Command Module, Antares

The Apollo 14 Command Module, Antares

Of course, this means that twelve spacesuits bounded across the lunar surface, protecting those men wearing them, like private spaceships. Last week we saw one of those spacesuits, once worn by Apollo 14 commander, Alan Shepard.

Shepard’s spacesuit is displayed in a small room off the main hall of the Apollo/Saturn V Center at the Kennedy Space Center. It stands opposite the Apollo 14 Command Module Antares, which carried him and his fellow astronauts, Stuart Roosa and Edgar Mitchell, to the Moon in January 1971.

Alan Shepard's Apollo spacesuit

Alan Shepard’s Apollo spacesuit

It still has the moon dust ingrained in it surface!

The brown staining is ingrained lunar dust

The brown staining is ingrained lunar dust

I always say that I’d love to go to the Moon, but staring through the glass of Shepard’s helmet makes you wonder… how many of us would really have had the stuff to make such an dangerous, epic Journey?

Would you have had the Right Stuff to wear this helmet?

Would you have had the Right Stuff to wear this helmet?

Alan Shepard and eleven other moon-walkers did

Alan Shepard and eleven other moon-walkers did

The visor set from an Apollo helmet, with the Apollo 14 Command Module reflected in glass of its case

The visor set from an Apollo helmet, with the Apollo 14 Command Module reflected in glass of its case

This post was inspired by Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge, which this week is Hats, and Cheri’s (of The Daily Post) theme of (Extra)ordinary.

Alan Shepard's office

Alan Shepard’s office

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13 Responses to Lunar Fashions at Kennedy Space Center

  1. Reblogged this on thepageofdaniel and commented:
    Literally the fabric of history. I’d love to go back there someday !

  2. Bipasha says:

    Great post, really enjoyed it 👍

  3. Now that’s a different collection of headgear!! 🙂

  4. Pat B says:

    You were in the right place at the right time to capture the photos for this blog hop on hats! I’ve never been to the Kennedy Space Center.

  5. Cee Neuner says:

    Now that is a hat I would not have thought about. Great out of the box thinking. Love it. 😀

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