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Helmet

This 1964 A4-H “Universal” helmet, designed for more than one suit, could fit on more than one suit. The x-ray reveals ball bearings in the neck ring that allowed the helmet to move right and left without restriction. Image by Mark Avino courtesy of Smithsonian Institution

Helmet X-Ray by Mark Avino

Appearing in the exhibit Suited For Space, photographer Mark Avino sent various pieces of NASA space suits through X-ray machines to capture the complexity of their design. “He wanted to show non-astronaut people what it was like inside a spacesuit,” explained Crouch. “Though his pieces are not a part of High Art, they belong together.”