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This image depicts the lunar space suit developed for Soviet cosmonauts who were able to reach the surface of the moon. 

The Smithsonian Air and Space Museum provides further information:

The Soviets developed this space suit for use by a cosmonaut on the Moon. Called Krechet ("Golden Falcon"), it differs from the Apollo space suit in several ways:

1.   The backpack life-support unit is hinged like a door, allowing the cosmonaut to step into the suit.

2.  Although the arms and legs are flexible, the torso of the Krechet suit is a semi-rigid shell.

3.  The control panel on the chest folds up out of the way when not in use.

4.  The boots are made of flexible leather. 

5.  Like the Apollo helmet, the Krechet helmet has a gold-coated outer visor for protection from bright sunlight.

6.  The life-support backpacks of the two suits are also similar, containing systems to provide oxygen, suit pressure, temperature and humidity control, and communications.

Unfortunately for the Soviet's space program, no cosmonauts reached the Moon's surface.

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5183stories and lessons created

Original Release: Oct 07, 2013

Updated Last Revision: Oct 19, 2019


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Image online, courtesy the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.

  

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