Must See - Smithsonian Channel's Series on SURVIVAL IN THE SKIES Starts Tonight


Details of Apollo Suit (Coutesy of Arrow Media/Smithsonian Networks)

Are you claustrophobic in a small room? What if you had to drive or just go to work everyday in a space suit. Think of Astronauts and Pilots who, day-to-day, are in a small space craft, space station or even space suit. Every day, pilots and astronauts face life-or-death situations when they risk their lives to test the capabilities of physics and science. With limited time, harsh conditions and the pressure of survival, they must do everything they can to make it back on the ground safely. SURVIVAL IN THE SKIES tells the stories behind incredible pieces of space and aviation technology, from the invention of the parachute to the development of space suits. The four-part series features stories of the people who created these amazing breakthroughs and the men and women who relied on them when their survival hung in the balance. The premiere episode, SURVIVAL IN THE SKIES: SPACE SUITS, airs tonight at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel. 

Tonight's Episode: 

SURVIVAL IN THE SKIES: SPACE SUITS reveals the technology that allowed Neil Armstrong to walk on the moon in 1969 and which will eventually allow explorers to walk on Mars. Engineers, fashion designers and astronauts tell the story of a “spacecraft you can wear.” From the first crude suits that nearly killed early cosmonauts, to the reusable “personal habitats” of the Space Station, discover the evolution of the technology that allows humans to thrive in the most hostile conditions in the universe.

Here is a list of interesting people who will share their stories on tonight's premiere EPISODE – SPACE SUITS 

Luca Parmitano: Expedition 36/37 Astronaut, European Space Agency
Robert van der Linden: Curator, National Air and Space Museum
Pablo de Leon: Spacesuit Engineer, University of North Dakota
Bill AyreyCompany HistorianInternational Latex Corporation, (ILC)
Cathleen Lewis: Curator, National Air and Space Museum
General Charlie DukeUS Air Force Test Pilot 1964-1966, Apollo 16 Astronaut
General Alexei Leonov: Voskhod 1 Cosmonaut, Russian Aviation and Space Agency
Captain Gene Cernan: Gemini IX Astronaut NASA
Tom Sanzone: Life Support System Engineer, Hamilton Sundstrand
Lisa Young: Conservator, National Air and Space Museum
Steve Dionne: Spacesuit Design Engineer, UTC Aerospace Systems
Phil Spampinato: Space Suit Engineer, International Latex Corporation, (ILC)
Dave Graziosi: Spacesuit Chief Design Engineer, International Latex Corporation, (ILC)
Vicky Margiott: Space Suit Life Support Systems Engineer, UTC Aerospace Systems
Greg Quinn: Lead Engineer, Advanced Space Suit, UTC Aerospace Systems

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