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Space Exploration - Gagarin's Pressure Suit

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Image of a Russian Space Suit like the one used by Yuri Gagarin for the Vostok flight on April 12, 1961.

The Smithsonian Air and Space Museum provides more information:

Yuri Gagarin wore this SK-1 pressure suit during training exercises for his April 12, 1961, flight on Vostok. Notable features include a visored helmet that is not detachable from the suit; the inflatable rubber collar for use in the event of water landing; the bright orange nylon oversuit, which has a mirror sewn into the sleeve to help the cosmonaut locate hard-to-see switches and gauges; and the gray-checked pressure liner with connectors for life-support and communications hoses. The suit also has leather-palm gloves, heavy leather boots, and a leather-covered radio headset.


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Image online, courtesy the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum.

 

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