A Look at the Development of the Spacesuit, From Past to Present
Astronaut Jay Apt stands in front of a display of three spacesuits

The information in this video was accurate as of the original publication date.

Audience: Educators and Students
Grades: 5-8
Year: 1991


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
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This video clip is part of the Liftoff to Learning: Go for EVA DVD that may be ordered from the Central Operation of Resources for Educators, or CORE  →.


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