Fans of the movie “Gravity” or people who watched the recent spacewalk to repair the International Space Station can see how much protection real space suits provide at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 23, when they learn firsthand about spacesuits, from NASA’s earliest suits up through tomorrow’s designs.
Featured speaker Bill Ayrey of ILC Dover will reveal the fascinating story of how a little Delaware company became the world’s leader in spacesuit development. Ayrey is a dynamic expert speaker who can reach audiences of all ages. He will also have spacesuit gloves to try on to get a feel for what it takes to work in space.
ILC Space suits now have more than 1,700 hours protecting astronauts from the hazards of the space environment, including problem-free lunar spacewalks during the Apollo missions. Ayrey will bring an Apollo-era suit along with the currently used suit for the audience to examine.
This is a free event for museum members and children 16 years and younger. A $5 donation is requested of nonmembers over 16 years of age.
Access to the Air Mobility Command Museum is from Delaware Route 9 just one-half mile from Exit 91 off U.S. 113 south of the base. Visitors can follow the AMC Museum signs for easy access.
Museum hours 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. Museum admission and parking are free, and photography is welcome. Call 302-677-5938 for more information. Adults and children of all ages are encouraged to come and enjoy learning about the history of the United States Air Force.