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Spacesuit : fashioning Apollo / Nicholas de Monchaux.

By: De Monchaux, Nicholas, 1973-.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Cambridge, MA ; London : MIT Press, c2011Description: xiii, 364 p. : ill. (some col.), facsims., ports. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780262015202 (hardcover : alk. paper); 026201520X (hardcover : alk. paper).Subject(s): Project Apollo (U.S.) -- Public opinion -- History -- 20th century | Space suits -- United States -- History -- 20th century | Space suits -- Design and construction -- History | Manned space flight -- History -- 20th century | Technology -- Social aspects -- United States -- History -- 20th century | Fashion -- History -- 20th century | Art, Municipal -- History -- 20th century | Architecture, ModernDDC classification:
Foreword -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- Space/suit -- New look -- New look in defense planning -- Flight and suits -- Cyborg -- Flight suit to space suit -- Man in space -- Bras and the battlefield -- JFK -- Contractual physiology -- Simulation -- Moon suit plays football -- Handmade -- Hard suit 1 -- We've got a signal! -- Hard suit 2 -- Control space -- Cities and cyborgs -- 21 layers -- Conclusion -- Illustration credits -- Index.
Summary: Synopsis: When Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped onto the lunar surface in July of 1969, they wore spacesuits made by Playtex: twenty-one layers of fabric, each with a distinct yet interrelated function, custom-sewn for them by seamstresses whose usual work was fashioning bras and girdles. This book is the story of that spacesuit. It is a story of the Playtex Corporation's triumph over the military-industrial complex - a victory of elegant softness over engineered hardness, of adaptation over cybernetics. Playtex's spacesuit went up against hard armor-like spacesuits designed by military contractors and favored by NASA's engineers. It was only when those attempts failed - when traditional engineering firms could not integrate the body into mission requirements - that Playtex, with its intimate expertise, got the job. In Spacesuit, Nicholas de Monchaux tells the story of the twenty-one-layer spacesuit in twenty-one chapters addressing twenty-one topics relevant to the suit, the body, and the technology of the twentieth century. He touches, among other things, on eighteenth-century androids, Christian Dior's New Look, Atlas missiles, cybernetics and cyborgs, latex, JFK's carefully cultivated image, the CBS lunar broadcast soundstage, NASA's Mission Control, and the applications of Apollo-style engineering to city planning. The twenty-one-layer spacesuit, de Monchaux argues, offers an object lesson. It tells us about redundancy and interdependence and about the distinctions between natural and man-made complexity; it teaches us to know the virtues of adaptation and to see the future as a set of possibilities rather than a scripted scenario.
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629.78:93 BUTRICA Single stage to orbit : 629.78:93 COSMONAUTS Cosmonauts : 629.78:93 CROUCH Aiming for the stars : 629.78:93 DE MONCHAUX Spacesuit : 629.78:93 EVANS Partnership in space : 629.78:93 EXPLORING Exploring the solar system : 629.78:93 FERGUSON NASA's first A :

Includes bibliographical references and index.

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