Gloves feature leather coverings on the index and middle fingers and the thumb for touch-screen compatibility on a digital tablet, which addresses flight-deck technology advancements. Rubberized grips that prevent slipping are found on the palm, pinkie and ring finger. Glove straps provide fit adjustment, and metal wristbands connect the gloves to the spacesuit. The earliest astronauts, who manually flipped and toggled switches, wore something more akin to outdoor work gloves. FRONTIERS 2017 | 7 Pockets are easily accessible and hold personal items, a survival kit and a space-sickness bag. Tiered fabric in the shoulders and elbows enables greater pressurized mobility for the astronaut. Footwear resembles a combination work boot and athletic shoe and was designed in a collaborative effort by David Clark Co. and Reebok. Primarily used for the walk from the crew quarters to the launch pad, the boots are lightweight and shaped for comfort. An astronaut’s feet are covered by the spacesuit’s inner bladder before he or she puts on the boots.
Frontiers Special Report 2017 January
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