The Construction and Design Elements of Spacesuit Technology
Cartoon character Norbert holds a thermometer in the extreme heat of space

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

Audience: Educators and Students
Grades: 5-8
Year: 2002

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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This video clip is part of the NASA CONNECT™ Functions and Statistics: Dressed for Space DVD that may be ordered from the Central Operation of Resources for Educators, or CORE  →.

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