New item Free shipping Ping
Add this item to Cart for a combined free shipping deal
Click to enlarge photo

Listing Detail Tabs

New copy - delivered FREE to any NZ address in 7-9 business days

How the twenty-one-layer Apollo spacesuit- made by Playtex- was a triumph of intimacy over engineering. When Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped onto the lunar surface in July of 1969- they wore spacesuits made by Playtex: twenty-one layers of fabric- each with a distinct yet interrelated function- custom-sewn for them by seamstresses whose usual work was fashioning bras and girdles. This book is the story of that spacesuit. It is a story of the triumph over the military-industrial complex by the International Latex Corporation- best known by its consumer brand of Playtex -- a victory of elegant softness over engineered hardness- of adaptation over cybernetics. Playtexs spacesuit went up against hard armor-like spacesuits designed by military contractors and favored by NASAs engineers. It was only when those attempts failed -- when traditional engineering firms could not integrate the body into mission requirements -- that Playtex- with its intimate expertise- got the job. In Spacesuit- Nicholas de Monchaux tells the story of the twenty-one-layer spacesuit in twenty-one chapters addressing twenty-one topics relevant to the suit- the body- and the technology of the twentieth century. He touches- among other things- on eighteenth-century androids- Christian Diors New Look- Atlas missiles- cybernetics and cyborgs- latex- JFKs carefully cultivated image- the CBS lunar broadcast soundstage- NASAs Mission Control- and the applications of Apollo-style engineering to city planning. The twenty-one-layer spacesuit- de Monchaux argues- offers an object lesson. It tells us ... Please click here to ask a question
Your question and answer privileges have been disabled.
You must log in to view questions and answers on this listing. We recommend reading questions before you make any purchases.
You must log in to ask or answer questions posted. We recommend reading questions before you make any purchases. Available only to approved bidders. You must be an authenticated member to ask questions Find out more about becoming authenticated. Your account is in debt Your current account balance is You must credit your account to use this feature.
Firearms licence #
Firearms licence holder name
First name is required
Last name is required
Your current account balance is Please note you will lose your question and answer privileges if your account is in debt for more than 2 weeks. Credit your account.
I confirm that I am over 18 years old.
To prevent your personal details being misused please do not put emails or phone numbers in questions. Failure to comply may result in the suspension of your account. The seller cannot add a Buy Now price once bidding has started.

Shipping options

  • Free shipping within New Zealand  
  • Store does not allow pick-ups
  • Store location: United Kingdom
  • Find out whether import charges apply

Payment options

    • Use your debit or credit card, bank account or Ping balance.
      Visa MasterCard QCard

Ping includes:

Buyer Protection Learn More