What object is featured in this picture and how did Connecticut aid in its development?
It’s the Space Station! Hamilton Standard, now a division of United Technologies Corp., is a Connecticut company that played a major role in the space industry, including the development of the space station. According to Hamilton Standard, the Space Station was more complex than anything they had done previously in the space program. They worked with NASA to develop the Environment Control and Life Support System, the thermal control system, equipment for the crew, and the Extravehicular Activity Systems and equipment.
Prior to its work on the space station, Hamilton Standard had 26 years of experience in the space industry, playing a key role in the Apollo 11 moon landing. They were involved in the development of Apollo 11’s lunar module (“The Spider”) as well as the portable life-support systems used by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin during their mission to the moon.
Do you want to learn more about America’s missions to space? Join the CHS as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo moon landing. We will be hosting a special family program, From Connecticut to Beyond!, on Tuesday, July 23rd from 10:00 am-12:00 pm and Thursday, July 25th from 2:00 pm-4:00 pm. We are also joining the Smithsonian Channel’s Apollo 11 Celebration by hosting several screenings of their documentary, The Day We Walked on the Moon. The main screening will be held on Saturday, July 20th @ 3:30 pm, with additional family screenings being offered on Tuesday, July 23rd @ 12:00 pm and Thursday, July 25th @ 1:00 pm.