“'We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too.' – President John F. Kennedy, September 12, 1962, Rice University.
"When we think of the Apollo 11 moon landing, what do we think of?
President Kennedy’s bold vision. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s
heroism (unfortunately we rarely think about Command Module Pilot
Michael Collins). Perhaps we even think of the incredible engineers,
rocket scientists, astrophysicists and all the other geniuses at NASA
who made it possible. Now we want you to think about your grandma’s bra.
"Why? Because without the technology behind that brassiere (or
girdle), the moon landing would have been impossible. It turns out that
the 21-layers of gossamer-thin fabric in the Apollo spacesuits that kept
Armstrong and Aldrin from 'the lethal desolation of a lunar vacuum,' as
Nicholas de Monchaux puts it in his remarkable book 'Spacesuit:
Fashioning Apollo,' was created by the same people who made your
grandma’s bra. Playtex. And now, Warner Bros. has hired Richard Cordiner to adapt De Monchaux’s book, which is a story so good you almost believe it was scripted by a Hollywood scribe, not part of historical fact."
Read more: http://www.thecredits.org/2013/09/bras-in-space-the-incredible-true-story-behind-upcoming-film-spacesuit/
Thanks to Timt for submitting this story.
I thought Playtex was only good for cross-your-heart bras. Do the astronauts wear special space underwear under the spacesuits?