Apollo attire needs care.
To assess the sometimes hidden degradation in each suit, scientists are performing CAT scans, which let them see inside the more than 20 layers of synthetic polymers and natural rubber. They're also inspecting the suits visually, testing their materials' acidity, measuring fading and staining, and interviewing the original spacesuit designers. By August 2001, the team will have new guidelines for storing and handling the suits, which represent some of the museum's most frequently loaned artifacts.
Lisa Young of the National Air and Space Museum notes that museums contain objects that are 3,000 years old and seem to be holding up. "People didn't really consider that the spacesuits would be deteriorating so quicldy," she says.
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|Title Annotation:||research on Apollo-era spacesuits|
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|Date:||Aug 26, 2000|
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