Survival in the Skies

They eject us from planes when disaster strikes. They gently guide us to Earth from thousands of feet in the air. They transport us with amazing speed and remarkable safety. And they keep us alive in the most extreme environments humans have ever explored. This series tells the stories behind the machines and devices that help us survive in the skies—space suits, parachutes, ejection seats, and jet engines—and how they evolved from humble beginnings to incredible instruments that have changed the world and lifted us to new heights.
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Nov 28, 2017

Season 1
Episode 1

The origins of the space suit began nearly a century ago when engineer Russell Colley designed a pressurized suit that allowed aviator Wiley Post to soar at 50,000 feet. Colley's designs laid the groundwork for many of the space suits astronauts wear today, from the iconic silver outfits that took man to the moon to new, robust suits built for colonization on Mars. Join us as we examine the history of the space suit, told by those who design them, build them, and risk their lives to wear them at the highest frontier of human exploration.
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