DuPont Is The National Sponsor For The Traveling Exhibit
"Suited for Space," a new exhibition from the Smithsonian
Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) and the
Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, will embark next year
on a five-year U.S. tour. The exhibit, which opens at the Museum of
Science and Industry in Chicago in March 2011, tells the story of
innovations, technical achievements and challenges in the
development of protective garments that have allowed astronauts to
live and work in space.
Alan Shephard's Apollo EVA Suit
DuPont is proud to partner with the Smithsonian on this
important national exhibition," said Mark P. Vergnano, DuPont
executive vice president. "It showcases the unprecedented
collective efforts of hundreds of companies and agencies to protect
lives in space, the net effect of which could only have been
achieved when innovative science and collaboration were put to the
service of an important goal."
Twenty of the 21 layers of the Apollo moon suits either
contained or were made entirely of science-based innovations
developed by DuPont. Nylon, neoprene coated nylon, Nomex
fibers, Mylar polyester film, Kapton polyimide film and Krytox
performance lubricants are just a few of the products that were
used then, and continue to be used today in space and on earth.
X-Ray Image Of Shepard Suit
Over 500 million people in more than 40 countries on five
continents watched as Neil Armstrong stepped on the moon for the
first time. When Armstrong and "Buzz" Aldrin walked out into
the moon's sunlight, the day's temperature could reach 253 F (123
C). At night, outside the lunar module the moon's temperature
dropped to minus 387 F (minus 233 C). At the time, DuPont was the
only company with the diversity of high-performance materials in
its portfolio to protect these space pioneers.
DuPont says its sponsorship reflects the company's commitment to
protecting people and the environment though innovative protective
apparel, building materials, safety training, and environmentally
sensitive and sustainable solutions.