Space Boot

The Case:

Our contributor inherited a peculiar object from his father: a jerry-rigged ski boot with a magnetic metal brick bolted to the bottom.

In the 1960s, his father worked as an engineer for Westinghouse, which played a role in the space program.

Could this be the prototype for a NASA space boot? The magnet seems to have several layers and wires weaving throughout. The heel of the boot contains a plug.

History Detectives finds out what place this boot has in space history.

Read the full newspaper article about magnetic boots.

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