A Complete Illustrated Timeline Of Spacesuit Design

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From the tinfoil jumpsuit look of the early Mercury missions to our currently-favored bulky white exoskeletons, spacesuits are a marvel of both engineering and fashion. Take a look through all the different designs in this complete illustrated history of the modern spacesuit.

The chart was put together by redditors mareacaspica, who posted the original image, and imaginedmind, who re-ordered it chronologically and added in NASA's latest incarnation, the Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU, for short) on the end. The spacesuit portraits were pulled from the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum collection.


The chart includes both suits for both astronauts and cosmonauts, as well as some models that weren't actually used in active duty (that the teal and black stripes of the Apollo SPD-143 suit never made it out of our own orbit is a particular tragedy).