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The Secret Is in the Space Suit

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Smithsonian Channel  Search this
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Youtube videos
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Entertainment  Search this
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Helmet, Protective, Type M1917, U.S. Army, American Rocket Society

Materials:
Steel
Dimensions:
3-D: 30.5cm (12 in.)
Type:
PERSONAL EQUIPMENT-Helmets & Headwear
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Date:
ca. 1917-1918, ARS Use, ca. 1934-1941
Credit Line:
Gift of G. Edward Pendray
Inventory Number:
A19680216000
Restrictions & Rights:
Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum
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Location:
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA
Exhibit Station:
Rockets & Missiles
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum
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Space Suit

Collection Creator:
Vetter, David, 1971-1984  Search this
Texas Children's Hospital  Search this
National Aeronautics and Space Administration  Search this
Collection Donor:
Vetter, David J., Jr.  Search this
Vetter, Carol Ann  Search this
Collection Collector:
Science, Medicine and Society, Division of (NMAH, SI).  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 3
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1975-1978
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research. Some health-related materials in Series 3: Medical Publications, Series 6: Texas Children's Hospital Medical Records, and Series 7: Photographs are restricted until 2034.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
David Vetter Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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David Vetter Collection
David Vetter Collection / Series 2: Mobile Biological Isolation System (MBIS)
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Space Suit Protocol

Collection Creator:
Vetter, David, 1971-1984  Search this
Texas Children's Hospital  Search this
National Aeronautics and Space Administration  Search this
Collection Donor:
Vetter, David J., Jr.  Search this
Vetter, Carol Ann  Search this
Collection Collector:
Science, Medicine and Society, Division of (NMAH, SI).  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 4
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1977-1978
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research. Some health-related materials in Series 3: Medical Publications, Series 6: Texas Children's Hospital Medical Records, and Series 7: Photographs are restricted until 2034.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
David Vetter Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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David Vetter Collection
David Vetter Collection / Series 2: Mobile Biological Isolation System (MBIS)
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Space Suit Information

Collection Creator:
Vetter, David, 1971-1984  Search this
Texas Children's Hospital  Search this
National Aeronautics and Space Administration  Search this
Collection Donor:
Vetter, David J., Jr.  Search this
Vetter, Carol Ann  Search this
Collection Collector:
Science, Medicine and Society, Division of (NMAH, SI).  Search this
Container:
Box 7, Folder 4
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1980
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research. Some health-related materials in Series 3: Medical Publications, Series 6: Texas Children's Hospital Medical Records, and Series 7: Photographs are restricted until 2034.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
David Vetter Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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David Vetter Collection
David Vetter Collection / Series 6: Texas Children's Hospital Medical Records
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Project Files

Creator::
National Air and Space Museum. Space History Division  Search this
Extent:
0.5 cu. ft. (1 document box)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Manuscripts
Clippings
Newsletters
Black-and-white photographs
Color photographs
Color transparencies
Date:
1995-2004, undated
Descriptive Entry:
This accession consists of records created and maintained by Amanda Young, Curator, documenting the management of a project to preserve artifacts from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Apollo Space Program. Topics covered include various aspects of the Save America's Treasures (SAT) grant to preserve space suits and the Saturn V rocket. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, newsletters, news clippings, progress reports, budgets, grant proposals, photographs, charts, slides and related materials. Some records date to when the Space History Division (1997-2013) was known as the Department of Space History (1987-1996).
Topic:
Astronautical museums  Search this
Aeronautical museums  Search this
Space suits  Search this
Museums -- Collection management  Search this
Museum conservation methods  Search this
Saturn launch vehicles  Search this
Saturn 5 Launch Vehicle  Search this
Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Clippings
Newsletters
Black-and-white photographs
Color photographs
Color transparencies
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 18-266, National Air and Space Museum. Space History Division, Project Files
Identifier:
Accession 18-266
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Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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David Vetter Collection

Creator:
Vetter, David, 1971-1984  Search this
Texas Children's Hospital  Search this
National Aeronautics and Space Administration  Search this
Donor:
Vetter, David J., Jr.  Search this
Vetter, Carol Ann  Search this
Vetter, Carol Ann  Search this
Vetter, David J., Jr.  Search this
Collector:
Science, Medicine and Society, Division of (NMAH, SI).  Search this
Science, Medicine and Society, Division of (NMAH, SI).  Search this
Extent:
4.6 Cubic feet (9 boxes)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Financial records
Reprints
Periodicals
Reports
Specifications
School records
Student drawings
Correspondence
Legislative documents
Articles
Trade literature
Manuals
Date:
1971-1986
Summary:
Papers document David Vetter, a Texas boy with a rare disease known as Severe Combined Immune Deficiency. His life in a special isolation unit received widespread publicity.
Scope and Contents:
Papers relating to David Vetter, a Texas boy with a rare disease known as Severe Combined Immune Deficiency. The papers document his and his family's efforts to maintain normalcy in his life in spite of the limitations imposed by his disease, and medical efforts to reduce or cope with the limitations. A special suit was designed for David by NASA scientists to give him mobility, and the papers include documentation of the development and implementation of the suit.

The collection includes letters, greeting cards, photographs, medical records and internal hospital memoranda and documents from the Texas Children's Hospital in Houston, procedure manuals for the isolation unit, specifications for the space suit, David's school records and school art projects, receipts and other financial papers, trade literature for products used in creating the sterile isolation unit, medical journals, newspaper and magazine articles, and clippings. The collection also includes a project created by high school students in 1985 about David's life and legislation to honor David with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into seven series.

Series 1: Correspondence and Press, 1971-1985

Series 2: Mobile Biological Isolation System (MBIS), 1973-1983

Series 3: Medical Publications, 1972-1983

Series 4: Personal Papers, 1978-1983

Series 5: Nimitz High School Project, 1985

Series 6: Texas Children's Hospital Medical Records, 1965-1989

Series 7: Photographs, 1974-1983
Biographical / Historical:
David Vetter (1971-1984) was a Texas boy who was born with Severe Combined Immune Deficiency, a disease which required him to live in a sterile, plastic isolation unit. NASA scientists designed and created a special suit for David, which resembled astronauts' space suits. His parents, family, church, doctors, and community all made efforts to enable him to have a normal childhood and life. At age 12, he underwent experimental bone marrow surgery, which was not successful, and David died a few months later. The bone marrow donor, David's sister Katherine, carried a dormant strand of the Epstein-Barr virus which was not detected by the pre-operation screens. He was removed from the bubble in February of 1984 and died 15 days later.
Related Materials:
Materials in the Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Shriners Hospital Patient Isolation Unit Records, NMAH.AC.1142

Materials in the Division of Medicine and Science, National Museum of American History

Related objects include action figure toys, a t-shirt, and a space suit. See accessioons: 1986.0201 and 1986.0450.
Provenance:
The collection was donated by David Vetter's parents, David and Carol Ann Vetter in 1986.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research. Some health-related materials in Series 3: Medical Publications, Series 6: Texas Children's Hospital Medical Records, and Series 7: Photographs are restricted until 2034.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Immunological deficiency syndromes  Search this
Space suits  Search this
Hospitals  Search this
Severe combined immunodeficiency  Search this
Immune diseases  Search this
Isolation (Hospital care)  Search this
Greeting cards -- 20th century  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs -- 20th century
Financial records -- 20th century
Reprints
Periodicals
Reports -- 1950-1980
Specifications
School records
Student drawings
Correspondence -- 20th century
Legislative documents
Articles -- 20th century
Trade literature
Manuals
Citation:
David Vetter Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1133
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David Vetter Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Dust Brush, Apollo

Materials:
Handle: Aluminum
Head: Stainless Steel
Bristles: Nylon
Dimensions:
Overall: 12 1/2 in. long x 5 in. wide x 1 1/2 in. deep (31.75 x 12.7 x 3.81cm)
Type:
EQUIPMENT-Lunar
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Credit Line:
Transferred from NASA, Johnson Space Center.
Inventory Number:
A19791044000
Restrictions & Rights:
Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum
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Dust Brush, Apollo, Training

Manufacturer:
NASA - Johnson Space Center  Search this
Materials:
Aluminum
Teflon
Stainless Steel
Adhesive
Dimensions:
3-D: 31.8 × 12.7 × 3.8cm (12 1/2 × 5 × 1 1/2 in.)
Type:
EQUIPMENT-Lunar
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Credit Line:
Transferred from NASA, Johnson Space Center.
Inventory Number:
A19750063000
Restrictions & Rights:
Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum
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Helmet, Shuttle, Engle

Astronaut:
Joe H. Engle  Search this
Materials:
Fiberglass, leather, plexiglass, metal, plastic, fabric, rubber
Dimensions:
3-D (1797g): 25.4 × 20.3 × 26.7cm, 1.8kg (10 × 8 × 10 1/2 in., 3.9lb.)
3-D (mask): 12.7 × 10.2 × 11.4cm (5 × 4 × 4 1/2 in.)
3-D (hose): 48.9 × 3.8 × 2.9cm (1 ft. 7 1/4 in. × 1 1/2 in. × 1 1/8 in.)
Type:
PERSONAL EQUIPMENT-Helmets & Headwear
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Credit Line:
Gift of Maj. Gen. Joe H. Engle
Inventory Number:
A20040269000
Restrictions & Rights:
Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum
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National Air and Space Museum
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Gemini Program, 2 of 7

Container:
Box 21
Type:
Archival materials
Scope and Contents:
Gemini 11 Flight, Articles; Gemini 12 Flight, Articles; Gemini Project, General; Gemini 4 Flight, NASA Releases; Gemini 3 Flight, Articles; Clothing, Space Suits, Gemini, EVA Life Support System; Gemini 10 Flight, NASA Press Kits
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Collection Citation:
Jacques Tiziou Space Collection, Acc. 2018.0078, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Jacques Tiziou Space Collection
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
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Gemini Program, 4 of 7

Container:
Box 23
Type:
Archival materials
Scope and Contents:
Gemini GT-1 (Gemini 1); Gemini 2 Flight; Titan II Gemini Launch Vehicle ; Gemini Project, General, Contractors, McDonnell; Virginia Space Flight Center (Wallops Island, VA); Gemini Project, General, Contractors, McDonnell; Titan II (SM-68B, LGM-25); Gemini 3 Flight; Clothing, Space Suits, Gemini, General
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Collection Citation:
Jacques Tiziou Space Collection, Acc. 2018.0078, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Jacques Tiziou Space Collection
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Miscellaneous, 7 of 10

Container:
Box 67
Type:
Archival materials
Scope and Contents:
Lockheed HC-130H Hercules, USAF; Waste Management, Gemini; Astronauts, Women, Articles, 1960s; Martin Marietta, General; Clothing, Space Suits, Apollo, Portable Life Support; United Aircraft, General; Gemini Project, General; Personal Propulsion Systems, Astronaut Maneuvering Unit (AMU, Gemini); Apollo Project, Medical Concerns; Food, Apollo, Articles; Food, Gemini; Clothing, Space Suits, General; Apollo Project, Plans & Training Manual; Clothing, Space Suits, Apollo A7L
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Collection Citation:
Jacques Tiziou Space Collection, Acc. 2018.0078, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Jacques Tiziou Space Collection
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-2018-0078-ref149

Miscellaneous, 8 of 10

Container:
Box 68
Type:
Archival materials
Scope and Contents:
Clothing, Space Suits, Skylab, A7LB; Apollo Project, General; Apollo Project, Lunar Surface Activities; Saturn 5 Launch Vehicle (C-5); Rocketdyne F-1 Liquid-Fuel Motor; Clothing, Space Suits, Apollo, Portable Life Support; Apollo 4 Flight; Saturn 5 AS-501; Apollo Lunar Landing Training Vehicle (LLTV); Boeing EC-135N; Rocketdyne J-2 Liquid-Fuel Motor; Langley Research Center (NASA); Kennedy Space Center (NASA) Air Force Eastern Test Range (Joint Long Range Proving Ground, Florida Missile Test Range, Atlantic Missile Range); Pioneer Project; Biosatellite 2 (Biosatellite B); Use of Animals in Space Research; Food, General
Collection Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Collection Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.
Collection Citation:
Jacques Tiziou Space Collection, Acc. 2018.0078, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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Jacques Tiziou Space Collection
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Patch, Corporate, Zvezda

Astronaut:
Dennis Tito  Search this
Manufacturer:
Zvezda  Search this
Materials:
Synthetic Thread
Sythetic Backing
Felt
Twill Tape
Dimensions:
3-D (Overall): 6 × 9.7cm (2 3/8 × 3 13/16 in.)
Type:
PERSONAL EQUIPMENT-Pressure Suits-Parts & Structural Components
Country of Origin:
Russia
Credit Line:
Gift of Dennis Tito
Inventory Number:
A20030122004
Restrictions & Rights:
Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum
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Patch, Flag, Russian Federation

Astronaut:
Dennis Tito  Search this
Manufacturer:
Zvezda  Search this
Materials:
Synthetic Thread
Sythetic Backing
Felt
Twill Tape
Dimensions:
2-D - Unframed (H x W): 7 x 10.2cm (2 3/4 in. x 4 in.)
Type:
PERSONAL EQUIPMENT-Pressure Suits-Parts & Structural Components
Country of Origin:
Russia
Credit Line:
Gift of Dennis Tito
Inventory Number:
A20030122007
Restrictions & Rights:
Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum
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National Air and Space Museum
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Patch, Mission, Soyuz TM-31 and TM-32

Astronaut:
Dennis Tito  Search this
Manufacturer:
Zvezda  Search this
Materials:
Synthetic Thread
Synthetic Backing
Felt
Twill Tape
Dimensions:
2-D - Unframed (H x W): 10.2cm (4 in. dia.)
Type:
PERSONAL EQUIPMENT-Pressure Suits-Parts & Structural Components
Country of Origin:
Russia
Credit Line:
Gift of Dennis Tito
Inventory Number:
A20030122005
Restrictions & Rights:
Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum
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Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum
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edanmdm:nasm_A20030122005

Patch, Government, Russian Aerospace Agency

Astronaut:
Dennis Tito  Search this
Manufacturer:
Zvezda  Search this
Materials:
Synthetic Thread
Synthetic Backing
Felt
Twill Tape
Dimensions:
2-D - Unframed (H x W): 5.7 x 9.5cm (2 1/4 x 3 3/4 in.)
Type:
PERSONAL EQUIPMENT-Pressure Suits-Parts & Structural Components
Country of Origin:
Russia
Credit Line:
Gift of Dennis Tito
Inventory Number:
A20030122006
Restrictions & Rights:
Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum
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Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum
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edanmdm:nasm_A20030122006

Suit, Partial Pressure, Type MC-3A, United States Air Force, Francis Gary Powers

Materials:
Nylon, webbing, rubber, leather, brass, steel, aluminum
Dimensions:
Approximate: 30.48 x 152.4 x 50.8cm (1ft x 5ft x 1ft 8in.)
Type:
PERSONAL EQUIPMENT-Pressure Suits
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Credit Line:
Donated by Mrs. Sue Powers
Inventory Number:
A19940052000
Restrictions & Rights:
Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum
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Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum
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Implications of Cold Storage on the Nation's Collection of Space Suits

Author:
Lange, Eric B.  Search this
McManus, Ed  Search this
Baker, Mary T.  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Electronic document
Year:
1992
Topic:
Museum conservation methods  Search this
Museum techniques  Search this
Flight  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Space sciences  Search this
Flight  Search this
Space sciences  Search this
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILSRO_56335

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