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EACH APOLLO MISSION REQUIRED 15 SUITS TO SUPPORT THE MISSION.
FOR THE MAIN, OR PRIME, THREE-MAN CREW, EACH MEMBER HAD
THREE SUITS: ONE FOR FLIGHT; ONE FOR TRAINING; AND ONE AS A FLIGHT
BACKUP IN CASE SOMETHING HAPPENED TO THE FLIGHT SUIT. THUS,
THE PRIME CREW HAD A TOTAL OF NINE SUITS. THE BACKUP THREE-MAN
CREW EACH HAD TWO SUITS: ONE FOR FLIGHT AND ONE FOR TRAINING.

"The girls that sewed that were amazing," Meyer said.
"All the stitches that they had to sew and all the little things
they had to do. We knew every time (the astronauts)
went up that somebody's life was in our hands if we
made a mistake."
Meyer's mother, June Cahall, worked for
ILC during the Apollo program, and her
mother got to meet and work with several of
the Apollo astronauts. Meyer has handwritten
letters from Buzz Aldrin, Gene Cernan, James
Lovell and Alan Shepard, who all thank the ILC
employees for the work they did on their spacesuits.
Meyer kept some fabric and material samples belonging to her mother, who has since passed away. Sample pockets and material scraps, all labeled with Cahall's
handwriting, are stored in a bag that Meyer kept throughout the years.
Though she cannot confirm it, Meyer says her mother
claimed that NASA astronauts left a scroll featuring the
names and signatures of ILC employees on the
moon. According to her mother, the scroll included her signature, but Meyer never was able
to confirm the claim.
Meyer's sister-in-law, Jeanne Feurer,
worked in the office typing labels for spacesuits
at ILC, and though she left and came back a
couple times, she worked for the company during the moon landing.
"It was a party day," Feurer said.
"Nobody got any work done."
Feurer recalls that any time
there was a launch, everyone at
ILC would stop work to watch
the live feed of the launch at
Cape Canaveral.
Meyer's sister-in-law, Jeanne.

Fabric and material samples
from the Apollo era, belonging
to Meyer's mother, June Cahal.

"It was the most interesting job I ever had," Feurer said.
Though Meyer would eventually go on to work in
other career fields, she says that her time at ILC was
a lot of fun and presented her with many unique
opportunities.
"At one time they sent me to Texas where they
were training for the Hubble Telescope mission,"
Meyer said. "We got to watch (NASA astronaut)
Story Musgrave in the pool. The pool that they
trained in was huge and they're weightless in the
pool. (My husband) Richard got to go with me and
we went down and watched, so that was fun."
Meyer, her mother and Feurer all got to
experience something few people can say
they have been able to do. Space exploration would not be possible without sturdy,
well-built spacesuits, and these women
helped make sure NASA astronauts
stayed safe in the harsh environment
outside Earth's atmosphere.
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