Get closer than ever before with some of our science and space exploration learning center’s artifacts and exhibits in our new video series, “History Up Close.” Today, we are exploring a special artifact we have in honor of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 13.

This pressure suit was fitted as the backup for Fred Haise, Lunar Module pilot on Apollo 13. Each Apollo astronaut had three spacesuits, one for flight, one for training, and one as a flight backup.

Spacesuits consist of several layers. This blue pressure suit layer is not usually seen because it is attached under the white overlay, acting as an inner bladder pressurized with oxygen.

Learn more about the historic Apollo 13 mission in our Apollo 13 virtual exhibit, presented by JSC Federal Credit Union.

Apollo 13 Virtual Exhibit