DuPont-sponsored Suited for Space Exhibition Celebrates Innovative Materials Role in Space Exploration

. May 5, 2011 . 0 Comments

A new Smithsonian traveling exhibition, which recently launched a 12-week stay at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, Ill., showcases how DuPont and others helped astronauts get “Suited for Space.” Sponsored by DuPont, “Suited for Space” celebrates the innovation and critical role that materials have played in space exploration.

The exhibition launch in Chicago was attended by NASA astronaut Mike Foreman and DuPont Protection Technologies’ Brian Foy, who talked to more than 60 adults and children about living in space and how the products that protect people in space also protect those on Earth. Mike wore his DuPont™ Nomex® coverall for the event.

Innovations developed by DuPont, such as DuPont™ Nomex®, Kevlar®, Neoprene®, Teflon®, Kapton® and Krytox® are just some of the materials that have helped astronauts travel to the moon and explore beyond.

Most recently, a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) team tested a new space suit, the NDX-1, in a setting with extreme conditions similar to some of those found on Mars. The prototype suit is made of more than 350 materials, including tough, honeycomb Kevlar® brand fibers and carbon fibers.

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