Monday, 05 Aug, 2013 Technology

The Interior of the Spacesuit


Have you ever thought how a real spacesuit looks on the inside? Even if not, you should.

This x-ray image shows the torso of a U.S. spacesuit (Mark Avino and Roland H. Cunningham, Smithsonian Institution)

It is worth mentioning that some time ago NASA instantly aborted an open space mission due to a leak in one of the spacesuits. Experts aborted the mission and tried to figure out the cause of the problem.

More information regarding the problem aboard ISS you can find here.

NASA engineers cannot tell for sure what caused the leak in Luca Parmitano's suit. With all of the issues they had to confront Chris Cassidy, who is Parmitano's crewmate on the International Space Station, together with his partner on the aborted walk, though that it would be good to inform the world on what the spacesuit represents and is made of.

In his video Cassidy also explained the points at which something could have gone wrong, and let to suit's malfunctioning.

Part 1

Part 2

Another interesting thing is the backpack of the suit, which is extremely complicated really. Check out the image illustrating the life support system inside the rear of a Russian Orlan-M spacesuit:

For comparison check out the x-ray of the suit that Alan Shepard wore while on a walk on the moon mission that took place back in 1971.

You can see that even several decades ago the spacesuit was a very complex thing.

Here's another picture showing the helmet from a 1964-model spacesuit:

This x-ray shows the overshoe model that astronauts wore during the Apollo program.

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