Texan Edgar Mitchell's A7-L space suit

Space suit used during Apollo 14 mission to the moon.

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Texas has deep roots in the United States space program. Not only is it home to NASA's Lyndon Baines Johnson Space Center, but it can also count three native Texans among the 12 men to ever walk on the moon. Hereford native Edgar Mitchell was the second of these three men to walk on the moon. Mitchell piloted the lunar module for Apollo 14. On February 5, 1971, he wore this suit as he and Alan Shepard walked on the moon’s surface collecting 94 pounds of rocks and soil for return to Earth.

The basic design of this A7-L suit, used as the primary pressure suit by all of the Apollo astronauts, is a one piece, five-layer "torso-limb" suit. It has convoluted joints made of synthetic and natural rubber at the shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, ankles, and knee joints as well as "link-net" meshing to prevent the suit from ballooning at the joints. The shoulder "cable block" assembly allows the shoulder to be extended and retracted by its wearer.

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Texan Edgar Mitchell's A7-L space suit Artifact from Hereford, Deaf Smith County
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