How a seamstress helped put man on the moon
Alison Donald & Ariel Landy
Ellie Foraker is not very well known. ‘The Spacesuit’ shares the story of this trailblazing woman, who took up the challenge of designing and making suits worn by the crew of Apollo 11.
First of all there was an invitation to enter a national competition. Thereafter, came an exhaustive process to create and construct garments that could withstand extreme and unknown conditions. Could Ellie and her team step up? What sort of conditions did they have to consider? There is wonder and discovery alongside the science of the project. This is a perfect companion to How to Be an Astronaut or Survival in Space. What’s more we learn about hitherto unknown people who have been fundamental to the development of our entry to and discovery of space. Rather like Counting on Katherine we learn the effort, planning and determination. Furthermore, we realise the science behind the work undertaken.
Meanwhile, other people, critical to NASA projects are highlighted through NASA People. Thereafter, we direct keen readers and space investigators to Space Explorers which contemplates the history of our investigation of the heavens.