Apollo Crew Personal Equipment
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The Apollo program elevated safety and well-being of the crew to the highest priority. All of the equipment was designed with unprecidented levels of reliability. This attention was carried through to the garments worn by the astronauts who undertook the complex and potentially dangerous mission to explore the moon. Exporing the surface of the moon was especially hazardous because temperatures of objects in direct sunight could reach 240°F, while the temperature of objects in the shade could drop to −140°F. Radiation and micrometeroids were also of concern since the moon does not have the protective atmosphere that shields us on earth. The suits were required to perform this shielding function.
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