20 Objects That Shape Oklahoma

Photo courtesy Stafford Air & Space Museum.
Photo courtesy Stafford Air & Space Museum.

Gen. Thomas Stafford’s Space Suit

Stafford Air & Space museum

This suit was worn by Stafford, an Oklahoman, on board Apollo X. the mission was a full-scale dress rehearsal for Apollo XI. Stafford and Gene Cernan flew the lunar module for the first time in a lunar orbit around the moon, scouting landing sites and duties for Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. Wearing this space suit during re-entry, Stafford and his crew set the record for the fastest speed a human had ever achieved – 24,791 miles per hour. that record still holds today.