They say it’s not the suit that makes a man, it’s the man that makes a suit. In Ed White’s case, it’s the suit that put him in the history books.
On June 3, 1965, White became the first American to walk in space as part of the Gemini IV mission. White spent 21 minutes tethered to a 25-foot cord floating in low-earth orbit. The experience was so affecting that, at the end of his mission, White said, “I’m coming back in and it’s the saddest moment of my life.”
Gemini IV was also the first mission controlled from Houston’s Mission Control center. All the previous American missions were controlled from Cape Canaveral in Florida.
You can celebrate this wonderful space anniversary by seeing an inspiring collection of spacesuits at Space Center Houston as well as a recreation of White’s spacewalk overhead in our Starship Gallery.
From the suit in which White trained for his historic spacewalk to Pete Conrad’s Apollo 12 moon suit to a replica of the space shuttle-era extra vehicular maneuvering unit worn by the first woman spacewalker, Kathy Sullivan, we are proud to host one of the largest spacesuit collections in the United States.