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The Best-Dressed Astronaut
May 11, 2010
An astronaut wearing a white spacesuit, and the words The Best Dressed Astronaut

The Best-Dressed Astronaut


An astronaut dressed in a white spacesuit stands beside a man wearing regular clothes and a headset

Astronauts wear many kinds of clothes. They wear different clothes for different jobs.

Three astronauts dressed in orange shuttle launch and entry suits sit reading papers

Going Up and Coming Down!

The crew wears this suit during launch and landing. It is called the 'pumpkin suit' because it is bright orange.


Drawing showing what tools are stored in the front part of the Advanced Crew Escape Suit

Advanced Crew Escape Suit

The suit's real name is the Advanced Crew Escape Suit. It holds a lot of tools. One tool is a smoke flare. It can be used as a signal if the crew gets lost when they return to Earth from space. The suit also has lights, a mirror and a radio to signal for help.


Drawing showing what tools are stored in the backpack of the Advanced Crew Escape Suit

Advanced Crew Escape Suit

The suit also has a parachute. A life raft and other tools are included in case they land in water.


Astronaut Sandra H. Magnus wearing exercise clothes while riding an exercise bike

On the Space Shuttle and International Space Station

Astronauts wear shorts and T-shirts to exercise.


Ten astronauts dressed in red or blue shirts on the space station

Astronauts take long- and short-sleeved shirts to wear.


Astronaut Pamela A. Melroy in work clothes

The astronauts' pants have Velcro® patches. Their tools have Velcro®, too. The astronauts stick their tools to the patches on their pants. Then the tools won't float away.


An astronaut takes a spacewalk in a white spacesuit

Out in Space

Astronauts wear special suits when they leave the shuttle or space station to work in space. The suits protect them.


Astronaut Robert L. Curbeam dressed in a liquid-cooled undergarment

Under these special suits, the astronauts wear space underwear. It is a one-piece suit with long sleeves and legs. Small tubes run all through the suit. Water is pumped through these tubes to keep the astronauts cool.


Astronaut Janet L. Kavandi wearing her communication head gear

This hat is called a Snoopy cap. Astronauts wear it under their helmets. It has a built-in headphone and microphone. Astronauts use the cap to talk to each other and Mission Control.

An astronaut floating high above Earth wears a white spacesuit

So, who is the best-dressed astronaut? The best-dressed is the one wearing the right clothes for the job!

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