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This Pressure Suit Helped Pilots Survive New Heights

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Aviation pioneer Wiley Post needed an oxygenated pressure suit to survive a high-altitude transcontinental flight. Enter engineer Russell Colley - who sews together the material for the suit on his wife's sewing machine.

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The origins of the space suit began nearly a century ago when engineer Russell Colley designed a pressurized suit that allowed aviator Wiley Post to soar at 50,000 feet. Colley's designs laid the groundwork for many of the space suits astronauts wear today, from the iconic silver outfits that took man to the moon to new, robust suits built for colonization on Mars. Join us as we examine the history of the space suit, told by those who design them, build them, and risk their lives to wear them at the highest frontier of human exploration.

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