Do you know the difference between Nylon, Nomex, and Neoprene? What about the relationship between a full-pressure suit and a rubber bladder? Gearing up for space means more than donning a special suit--you've got to learn some special lingo, too!
SITES' new Suited for Space exhibition is filled with stunning color photographs and x-rays of NASA spacesuits. But don't forget to read what's written next to the images, too--Suited helps skyrocket visitors' knowledge of astronaut argot with vocabulary lessons sprinkled throughout the show. So while you're stepping in Buzz Aldrin's iconic footprints, you can ask your friends what they know about the development of the Chromel-R covering Buzz's overshoes. Or while you're standing behind a replica suit for a photo-op, you can examine the way the convolute at the knees connects with the Beta cloth covering the legs, providing both mobility and protection from unpredictable dangers like micrometeoroids.
Suited for Space will be on tour for several years. There is also a Facebook page with tons of extras. The national tour of Suited for Space is generously sponsored by DuPont.