When Armstrong and Aldrin walked on the surface of the moon in 1969, the spacesuit they were wearing was made not by a military-industrial conglomerate, but by Playtex—makers of women's underwear. Not only was the suit hand-sewn by seamstresses whose usual work was sewing bras and girdles, but the head of suit development for Playtex, Lenny Sheperd, had only previously worked as a television repairman. Nicholas de Monchaux, UC Berkeley Assistant Professor of Architecture and author of Spacesuit: Fashioning Apollo (MIT Press, 2011), will explain how the Apollo spacesuit holds crucial lessons for how we approach technology, and our own human nature.
Nicholas de Monchaux
Nicholas de Monchaux is a UC Berkeley Assistant
Professor of Architecture and the author of Spacesuit: Fashioning Apollo (MIT Press, 2011).