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Liner and Hose for David the Bubble Boy's Space Suit

Liner and Hose for David the Bubble Boy's Space Suit

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Description (Brief)
David (the Bubble Boy) Vetter's Space Suit was made for him by the Johnson Space Center. David was born in 1971 with Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID). He lived in a germ-free environment for most of his life. David died February 22, 1984 following an unsuccessful bone marrow transplant., an attempt for his body to make its own antibodies. David's space suit, made especially for him, allowed him to leave his isolation chamber where he lived his entire life. For brief periods of time this space suit enabled David to play with his sister and explore his backyard.
Currently not on view
Object Name
Space Suit
space suit, liner and hose
date made
about 1978
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Physical Description
PCV (overall tubing)
rubber (overall suit)
Teflon (overall suit)
overall: 11 in x 25 in x 60 in; 27.94 cm x 63.5 cm x 152.4 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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