Adam welcomes spacesuit replica maker Ryan Nagata back to the cave to share his latest iteration of Apollo 11 EVA gloves! Ryan's previous glove builds were already the best we've seen, but new measurements, materials, and fabrication techniques makes these even better. Adam and Ryan geek out over the details!
During our week at NASA Ames Research Center, we felt most at home at Spaceshop, NASA's first in-house maker space. We learn about how the staff at Spaceshop use their high-tech tools to support the NASA Ames community, and then visit a few more of the awe-inspiring research labs on the campus!
During our visit to NASA Ames Research Center, we stopped by the Roverscape, a testing ground for robots and rovers that simulates various types of terrain. We chat with an engineer from the Intelligent Robotics Group about robot testing platforms, and pilot both a real and virtual robot! Learn more about NASA's Open Mission Control Technologies software here!
When Alan Eustace donated his historic StratEx spacesuit, life support, and balloon equipment module to the National Air and Space Museum, he asked for a dynamic display. Objects conservator Lisa Young explains to Adam Savage why she originally resisted that request, and how they eventually found a balance between preservation and display needs.
Tested recently spent the week at NASA Ames Research Center in silicon valley, the campus where NASA performs research and development into technology and science supporting future satellites, robots, and crewed missions to space. Ariel, Simone, and Norm test pilot the Vertical Motion Simulator that trained Space Shuttle astronauts and visit the awesome 20G centrifuge!
We tag along with the engineers at Sofar Ocean Technologies to watch a test of their Spotter Buoy--an ocean sensor that collects data about the weather anywhere it's deployed. The idea is to put enough of these sensors around the world to gather marine data on an unprecedented scale. Today's test: deploying these from an airplane!
This was one of the MAJOR highlights of our DC trip: the National Air and Space Museum's Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar, where objects conservator Lisa Young gives Adam Savage a tour of the artifacts currently being preserved! In addition to geeking out over an LM cockpit simulator, a "lunar rover, qualification test unit” and the Skylab 4 command module, Adam learns a LOT about the craft of conserving such historic pieces. (We had to practically drag him out.)
While visiting Adam's cave to collaborate on a project, spacesuit replica builder Ryan Nagata brought a blast from the past: the very first spacesuit he made when he was 14 years old. Adam and Ryan pore over the details of this suit, which includes snoopy cap, gloves, and helmet. It's a testament to Ryan's obsession, ingenuity, and attention to detail, all qualities which have carried trhough to his newest spacesuits.
At the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Dulles, Va., Adam Savage examines the Space Shuttle Discovery (which he has a personal connection to), then speaks with National Air and Space Museum's Objects Conservator, Lisa Young, about the challenges of putting such a huge and historic spacecraft on public display!
While in DC celebrating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, Adam Savage had the opportunity to see an INCREDIBLE show on the National Mall. "Apollo 50: Go for the Moon" was commissioned by the National Air and Space Museum and produced by 59 Productions. Here's how the idea and the technology came together. Watch the full show here!
It's an emotional day for Adam Savage as he comes face to face with Neil Armstrong's A7-L pressure suit, then learns about its long, delicate conservation process from National Air and Space Museum's Objects Conservator, Lisa Young. You can now see the newly restored spacesuit yourself at the Smithsonian!
Adam gets more space stuff in the cave! With the 50th anniversary of the moon landing later this month, Adam shares a few new props made by fellow space enthusiast Ryan Nagata. First is a unique camera+propulsion system made for Gemini, followed by an Apollo-era bubble helmet of unsurpassed fidelity!
I'm SO excited that I can finally announce this, but I've been working with the National Air and Space Museum on a special build to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Mission, the first time humankind set foot on the moon. We're calling it Project Egress, and it consists of a LIFE-SIZE replica hatch to exhibit in the museum!
Most of all, I will be assembling it LIVE at the National Air and Space Museum on July 18! (No San Diego Comic Con for me this year; I'm all about the Apollo 50th Anniversary.)
There's a story behind the project, too. Using 3D scan data and original technical drawings from Air and Space's archives, an amazing engineering student named Andrew Barth modeled the various intricate mechanics of the Apollo 11 Command Module hatch using Fusion 360.
That detailed digital model of the hatch was separated into its individual mechanical components, which we sent out to more than 40 different makers. They then recreated each piece in their preferred medium, and the artists and fabrication shops who participated are listed below. (Thank you again!)