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Suited for Spacewalking Educator Guide

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NASA spacewalkers (from left) Bob Behnken and Chris Cassidy give a thumbs up during a spacewalk to install hardware and upgrade International Space Station systems.



Grade Levels

Grades 5-8, Grades 9-12


Engineering Design, Life Science, Mathematics, Living and Working in Space, Measurement and Data Analysis


Educator Guides, Lesson Plans / Activities

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]
The Space Shuttle Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU)
Working in Space
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

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 54, the mathematical equation, “t equals g divided into the square root of 2 times d”, should be “t 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.