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Mercury Era Spacesuit.<br />
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A 54-year-old spacesuit from the USA's famed mission to beat Cold War rivals the Soviet Union in the race to put the first man into space has emerged for sale.<br />
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The silver suit was used during the early days of NASA's Project Mercury flight programme, the USA's bid for supremacy in spaceflight.<br />
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It was manufactured using a special fabric made by by the Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company, now known as 3M.<br />
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The outer part of the suit is made from green nylon coated with aluminium powder, giving it its iconic silver colouring.<br />
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The spacesuit is tipped to fetch £7,000 when it goes under the hammer at Bonhams on behalf of a private collector from Texas.