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A Look at the Development of the Spacesuit, From Past to Present

Astronaut Jay Apt stands in front of a display of three spacesuits

Product Type: Video Learning Clip
Audience: Educators, Informal Education, Students
Grade Levels: 5-8
Year: 1991
Subjects: Life Science

This NASA video segment explores the necessity and composition of spacesuits. Viewers first watch a demonstration in which astronaut Jerry Ross places a water balloon, representing a human body and body fluids, into a bell jar. A vacuum pump removes the air from the jar, and the water begins to boil. Ross discusses the connection between this end result and the need for pressurized spacesuits. This video segment discusses how pressurized suits were developed and what the function is of each different layer and part of a spacesuit. The segment shows footage of astronauts in spacesuits from various missions.

A Look at the Development of the Spacesuit, From Past to Present
Duration: 3 minutes 58 seconds
> View QuickTime [13MB]

Other video learning clips in this series:
ExtraVehicular Activity (EVA): Astronauts Walk in Space
Environment, Temperature and Space Debris Pose Challenges for Space Walkers
Earth's Atmosphere: How Does It Differ From the Atmosphere in Space?
Weightless Environment Training Facility (WETF): Simulating Space Conditions Underwater
A View of Astronauts Walking in Space

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