5… 4… 3… 2… 1… blast off! Imagine how incredible it must be to hear those words for yourself, just before you blast off into infinity and beyond! While we can’t actually get you into space, let’s learn how to craft the most important aspect of an astronaut’s outfit: the helmet.
Step-By-Step Images and Instructions
Start with a gray pencil and a drawing compass, and make a large semicircle shape in the center of your page.
Next, grab a black pen, and add a curved line to connect the two halves of your semicircle – the result should look like a crescent moon on its side.
Use the same pen to add another line to the curved line you just drew.
Now, add two wavy lines, one on each side of the head. This should flick out and down at the top, then flick back in, and continue down the page.
Connect the two lines together with a curve at the bottom.
Now, add another line on the right hand side, heading down from the top with a slight curve. Stop just below the bottom.
Continue this line to curve in at the bottom, and add a small “microphone” which curved up and across to the left. Add a tall semicircle to the end, heading out horizontally, and fill this with small, curved lines to create a microphone.
Now, add a series of tall oval shapes with square ends to the right hand side of the helmet. These should get gradually smaller as they head towards the left.
At the end of these shaped, add two parallel lines, heading vertically up in a “stick”, and top this with a ball on the end. Add curved lines to the top of the stick.
Return to the bottom of the helmet, and add a curved line, parallel with the bottom just below the original line. Join the two sides together with a straight line.
Next, repeat this with a slightly closer line extending just beyond the perimeter of the one you have just created, so that you have a “rim” on your helmet.
Add two curved lines to the bottom section, with each one curving up and across.
Then, return to the top of your helmet. Add a small curve to create a “bump”, and then add two short, parallel lines heading up towards the top of the page.
Now, add a small ball to the top of this.
Add a curved parallel to the left hand line of the helmet, and a few short marks on the right hand side for texture.
Now, add another series of square-ended ovals, just as before, but this time on the left hand side. On the end shape, add two small bumps just inside the inner line.
Bring a curved line down from the bottom curve, and around and down in a soft “L” shape. Add a series of two sets of lines all around the left hand side of this line. Repeat this on the other side of the visor, with a reverse “L” shape.
Switch to a black liner, and add another thin line just inside the top of the rim.
Then, add a series of small circles all around the edge of the rim.
Add some details to the inner part of the helmet.
Use an orange pen to fill in the sides, rim and spike on top of the helmet.
Use a yellow pen to fill in the “L” shapes on the inside of the visor.
Switch to cyan pen, and add a ring to the left hand side of the helmet, leaving the center empty.
With a blue pen, add a solid circle to the right hand side of the helmet.
Return to the cyan pen, and color the rest of the helmet, leaving the ring empty.
Use the blue pen to add color to the top rim, the microphone, the inner section of the left hand side, and the bottom arches.
Return to the cyan pen, and add color to the inside of the two arches.
Finally, use the cyan pen to add color to the final strip of the helmet, and you are ready to blast off into space!
And there we have it; you have crafted a first-class helmet, which any astronaut would be proud to wear. Now, your job is to keep a close eye on the skies above – who knows when aliens might decide to get in touch…
For most of us, heading into space is an experience limited to movies, dream, and the occasional visit to the space museum.
For real astronauts however, this is a real adventure, as they blast off to discover planets far beyond our own. To stay safe while in space, it is important that they have the right equipment, this includes specially designed suits, which are made of hear-resistant synthetic materials, designed not to burn or melt in the extreme temperatures in space – the mercury can plummet to a teeth-chattering -270 ºC, and rise to an eye-watering 1260 ºC when they return to the Earth’s atmosphere!
Having the right gear then, is not about looking good, but staying safe and comfortable. The same applies to the iconic astronaut helmets, which are a distinctive part of any space wanderer’s outfit. Constructed from highly strengthened polycarbonate, these are tough and resistant, and include the same materials you find in cars, or bulletproof glass!
When in place, the helmet can protect the wearer from radiation that can come from going into and spending time in space.
Astronaut helmets are also packed with little tips and tricks which can make all the difference to the comfort of the wearer – including a Velcro patch which is used to ease an itchy nose!
Helmets can also be annoying, as they are fixed to the suit in one direction – just turning your head inside the helmet will greet you with nothing but the inside – astronauts have to physically turn and move their heads to look in another direction!