Moon Mobile Carries Two Explorers, Life-Support Systems

Publisher Aerojet-General American

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In the late 1950s, Allyn B. Hazard, a development engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, envisioned a twelve-man expedition to the moon. He designed a space suit to integrate with a tractor-like moon mobile that would transport future astronauts on a ten-day, five-hundred-mile journey across the lunar surface.

When Hazard left NASA to join Aerojet-General Corporation, he took his designs with him and created a two-hundred-pound prototype of the suit. It carried within it food, water, a radio, a tiny stove, and an air-conditioning system to protect the wearer from extreme temperature fluctuations. While it never made it to the moon, the suit became a popular sensation and, in 1966, the costume of Mattel’s astronaut action figure Major Matt Mason.

Moon Mobile Carries Two Explorers, Life-Support Systems, Aerojet-General (American), Gelatin silver print

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