Glove Actually and the Sew Sisters

Seamstresses to the stars: the team who made Neil Armstrong's spacesuit
13 December 2019
Presented by Richard Hollingham, Sue Nelson


Neil Armstrong in his spacesuit


Rubber gloves, sew sisters and a mission to the Sun with Space Boffins Richard Hollingham and Sue Nelson this month. Richard talks to Solar Orbiter ESA and NASA mission scientists in Munich. Sue reports from the US on the seamstresses to the stars - including Jean Wright, who sewed thermal blankets on the Space Shuttle and Jeanne Wilson, who helped make Neil Armstrong’s spacesuit. Plus astronomer Nick Howes on his efforts to track down the Apollo 10 Snoopy lunar lander. Liz Seward from Airbus Defence and Space joins the Space Boffins in the studio and brings along several pairs of gloves used for working in a spacecraft clean room. They have a simple challenge: put the gloves on and keep them sterile. Spoiler alert: it doesn’t end well…


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