Meanwhile, back on Earth..."No more hot buttered scones for me, Mater, I'm off to the Moon!"Republic Moon Suit
Repstat American pressure suit, tested 1966 [!]
. This was a Republic Aviation design for a hard space suit for extended operations on the lunar surface.
It was very popular in Life magazine in the 1960's -- and coincidentally resembled a suit from a Republic Pictures serials of the 1940's.
The man seen modeling the suit was Robert Morris. He was working as a consultant and technician for Republic Aviation on Long Island in the 1960's while at the same time starting a manufacturing business. The photo collection here was provided courtesy of his son. source:
They're taking the piss, aren't they?
Tested in 1966, only 3 years before we (cough, cough) went to the Moon? An old rubbish tin with sleeves and gardening trousers!
It CAN'T have been taken seriously. It must have been the idle fancy of a semi-retarded man whose father had enough influence to force other people to humour his son's, er, 'creativity'.