Educator Guide

Suited for Spacewalking Educator Guide
Front cover of the Suited for Spacewalking Educator Guide

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

Audience: Educators
Grades: 5-12
Product Number: EG-1998-03-012-HQ

This NASA educator guide for grades 5-12 focuses on the technology behind spacesuits. Briefly discussed are the space environment, the history of spacewalking, NASA's current spacesuits and the work that astronauts do during spacewalks. This guide includes classroom activities, a glossary and a list of other NASA resources.

Suited for Spacewalking Educator Guide [4MB PDF file]

Individual Sections:
Introductory Materials
National Education Standards
Spacewalking History
The Space Shuttle Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU)
Working in Space
EVAs on the International Space Station
Future Space Suits
Designing Space Suits for Mars
Tensile Strength Test Stand
Impact Resistance Tester
Abrasion Tester
Different Gravity
Micrometeoroids and Space Debris
Keeping Your Cool
Absorption and Radiation
Getting the Right Fit
O2 -- How Much?
Keeping the Pressure On
Bending Under Pressure
Idea Bank, Glossary and Resources

Please note the following corrections to the "Suited for Spacewalking Educator Guide":

-- On page 39, the statement referring to a "pressure of 20.68 kilopascals" should be a
"pressure of 20.68 megapascals."
-- On page 53, the mathematical equationt equals g divided into the square root of 2 times dshould bet equals the square root of the quotient of 2d divided by g
An updated version of the guide will be posted as soon as it is available.