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SpaceSkin is a extremely lightweight, ultra-thin mylar membrane, also called “Space blanket”, treated with a special polymeric coating that adds great strength an durability to it.
First developed by NASA in 1964 for the US space program, the Space blanket consists of a thin sheet of plastic (often PET film) that is coated with a metallic reflecting agent, making it metallized polyethylene terephthalate (MPET), usually gold or silver in color, which reflects up to 97% of radiated heat.
For use in space, polyimide substrate is usually employed due to its resistance to the hostile space environment, large temperature range (cryogenic to -260 °C and for short excursions up to over 480 °C), low outgassing (making it suitable for vacuum use) and resistance to ultraviolet radiation. Aluminized kapton, with foil thickness of 50 and 125 µm, was used e.g. on the Apollo Lunar Module. The polyimide gives the foils their distinctive amber-gold color.
With the addition of a polymeric substrate the blanket acquires a great mechanical resistance and strength. In addition to this its hand touch sensation begins more soft, like suede feeling.
Caleo-Tex is a textile finishing treatment based on carbon nanoparticles able to confer conductive properties to natural fibers and fabrics. The result is a cotton able to warm more than wool when properly powered.
Fifty-two years ago, on February 20, 1962, John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth. He also was one of the first humans to study the planet from space. Just 5 minutes and 44 seconds after launch, Glenn offered his first words about the view from his porthole: “This is Friendship 7. Can see clear back; a big cloud pattern way back across towards the Cape. Beautiful sight.” Three hours later, at the beginning of his third orbit, Glenn photographed this panoramic view of Florida from the Georgia border (right, under clouds) to just north of Cape Canaveral. His American homeland was 162 miles (260 kilometers) below. “I have the Cape in sight down there,” he noted to mission controllers. “It looks real fine from up here. I can see the whole state of Florida just laid out like on a map. Beautiful.”
“From a boilingbath of hotsulfuricacid, a laboratorytechnicianliftstworods of plastic. One has charred and deteriorated. The other-arod of DuPont’snewTeflontetrafluoroethyleneresin-is not affected at all by the highlycorrosivehotacid. Teflonresists the mostcorrosiveacids and solvents to a degreeunequaled by any otherplastic. Itis not attackedeven by aquaregiawhichdissolvesgold and platinum.”