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The Construction and Design Elements of Spacesuit Technology

Cartoon character Norbert holds a thermometer in the extreme heat of space

Product Type: Video Learning Clip
Audience: Educators, Informal Education, Students
Grade Levels: 5-8
Year: 2002
Subjects: Life Science

This NASA video segment explores why astronauts need to wear specialized suits in space and how the design of spacesuits has evolved to meet the changing needs of space missions. Viewers learn that astronauts need to wear spacesuits to provide them with oxygen, protect them from radiation and space debris, maintain normal atmospheric pressure, and stabilize body temperature. Viewers also learn that the current design for spacesuits was the result of the need for astronauts to walk in space and on the moon.

The Construction and Design Elements of Spacesuit Technology
Duration: 2 minutes 41 seconds
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Other video learning clips in this series:
What Is Atmospheric Pressure?
The Importance of Spacesuit Fitting and Sizing: One Size Does Not Fit All
Hands-on Activity in Spacesuit Design

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