Spacesuits and How They Work
A man stands in front of a spacesuit display

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

Audience: Educators and Students
Grades: 9-Higher Education


This NASA video segment explains what spacesuits are made of and how they work. Viewers learn that spacesuits, also known as Extravehicular Mobility Units, comprise a complex layering system of nylon, polyester, aluminized Mylar, and Nomex. The video clip also discusses the suit's life support system and the way that astronauts go to the bathroom during spacewalks.

Spacesuits and How They Work
Duration: 5 minutes 17 seconds
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This video clip is part of the Destination Tomorrow™ Program 9: Bringing the Future Into Focus DVD that may be ordered from the Central Operation of Resources for Educators, or CORE  →.


Other video learning clips in this series:
Helios, NASA's Unmanned, Remotely Powered Flying Wing
The Smart Probe, an Early Cancer Detection Tool
A Retrospective Look at the Gemini Program
Alleviating Aircraft Noise: The Quiet Aircraft Technology (QAT) Program