Space Suits Parts and Functions By Salamasina Fitisemanu… of Mr. Reed’s 2 nd Period Class
Helmet The helmet keeps the oxygen pressure leveled around the astronaut’s head. The main part of the helmet is the plastic bubble. It’s covered in a thin layer of gold to protect the eyes against the sun’s rays. There is also a vent pad towards the front used to direct the oxygen in the helmet.
Primary Life Support System The PLSS is worn like a backpack. It supplies oxygen for breathing, and removes the exhaled carbon dioxide. It also holds a water cooling system and a two-way radio.
Control Module This is the control center of the space suit. It contains many gauges, switches, valves, and control knobs. These are used for purposes like communication, suit temperature monitoring, fans, water, and much more!
The torso holds the control module, insulates, and protects the upper body. It also contains a hard protective upper suit inside! Insulated gloves are also attached to this assembly. Upper Body (torso)
Lower Body This assembly includes protective and insulated boots, pants, and the metal waist closure. The closure hooks onto the upper body. It’s made with the same material as the upper body assembly.
Bibliography The information and pictures of this presentation were found at these sites. http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/spacesuits/home/clickable_suit.html http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Russian_space_suit_3.jpg http://www.wonderworksweb.com/ftpfolder/Photo/page9.html http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Emu_spacesuit_control_module.jpg http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/spacesuits/home/clickable_suit_nf.html http://science.howstuffworks.com/space-suit1.htm