ILC historian to give Apollo Space Suit talk April 17 at Rehoboth Museum

ILC Dover historian Bill Ayrey stands next to an Apollo space suit. Ayrey will give a presentation April 17 at the Rehoboth Beach Museum. SOURCE SUBMITTED
April 1, 2014

Rehoboth Beach Museum will feature Bill Ayrey of ILC Dover at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 17, to discuss the development and manufacturing of the Apollo space suits. He will also talk about current space suits used on the International Space Station, and projects that include the air bags that cushioned the landing of the Mars rovers.

The movie “Gravity” and the spacewalk to repair the International Space Station have brought a renewed attention to what exploration of space encompasses. Ayrey represents a small Delaware company that is now a world leader in the development of space suits. An Apollo suit will be on display during the presentation for the audience to get a chance to observe and handle.

Reservations are required. Admission is $5 for nonmembers and free to Rehoboth Beach Historical Society members.  Call the museum at 302-227-7310. The museum is at 511 Rehoboth Ave. next to the Rehoboth-Dewey Chamber Visitor Center. Parking is available, and the museum is handicapped accessible. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday and Friday, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.

To become a Rehoboth Beach Historical Society and Museum member, call the museum or visit

The month of May will be full of activities and unofficially kicks off the summer: 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, May 3, My Doll and Me Tea Party; 9 a.m., Thursday, May 15, Jolly Trolley Tour; Saturday, May 24, museum Cruisin' exhibit opens with antique bicycles, pedal cars and toys in motion.

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