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When a sealed, pressurized vessel (say, you) is exposed to a vacuum (say, space), things tend to get splattery—hence the exo-suits. These fifteen examples of atmospheric apparel from our friends at Oobject are the hallmarks of life-support design from the golden age of exploration.

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When you're done appreciating the pressure suit's role in keeping our astronauts space-blindness-free, check out these claustrophobic space capsules and some abandoned space technology.

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USSR Canine Cosmonaut Space Suit

The suit worn by Laika

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US XM-2 hypersonic plane, pilot suit

Hypersonic refers to speeds of more than Mach 5. The prototype suit being tested here, in a vacuum chamber full of what are presumably heat lamps was for the X-15 plane.

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Spanish high altitude balloon suit, 1935

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Polish Wuk-90 Mig Pilot pressure suit

Mounted unworn, it looks like a discarded snake skin.

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MX-117 'Tomato Worm' pressure suit developed for USAAF crews in WWII

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NASA Apollo, Space Shuttle and 1997 I-suit compared

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1977 NASA Hardsuit AX-3 mobility demonstration

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Annotated space suit x-ray

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US RX2A Suit, by Litton, 1965

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Grumman moon suit

Designed for roaming around the moon, the odd bell shape means that the wearer can retract his arms inside the suit. Note the tie.

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US high altitude spy plane pressure suit

Worn by SR-71 and U2 pilots

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1962 Mercury mission pressure suit

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US 1960s Prototype Suit

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Orland DM Russian Spacesuit showing life support system

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Us 1934 Worlds first pressure suit made for Wiley Post

There were three suits made and only one worked (not this one). The others had a round viewing window, like a diving helmet, rather than this square, welding mask style one.
I've used this image, because I've already used the other on Oobject and incorrectly, as a diving suit. The Wiley Post suit is where the aesthetics of deep sea and high altitude overlap, before they diverged almost completely.

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