The Vivarium

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U.S. Air Force, Space Pack, (1963)

The text on reverse reads, “USAF —  SPACE PACK. Strapped onto a "spaceman’s" back, this compact pack is being developed by AFSC scientists and engineers. Containing a complete life-support system, this unit is planned as a vehicle to permit an astronaut to transfer from one space vehicle to another.  The space pack also could be used for lunar exploration once man sets down on the surface of earth’s nearest neighbor. A waist-mounted panel, 8 by 5 by 4 inches, provides for three maneuvering controls —  up, down, and sideways. Weighing 120 pounds on earth, the space pack would weigh but 20 pounds on the moon’s surface.