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Video Transcript:

How Do You Scratch Your Nose in a Spacesuit?

Phil: Spacesuits serve as individual "mini-spacecraft" for astronauts while they work outside their "mothership."

This suit has several built-in systems, which are designed to keep you safe and comfortable. It has 4 oxygen tanks, a way to remove the carbon dioxide you exhale, a battery, a radio, a computer, a control module, and bunch of other stuff to let you work in space.

This part is made of several different layers (9 layers of spacesuit fabric are shown in a split screen), which work together to protect you from the vacuum of space and other hazards.

Even though this suit's designed for the ultimate in protection and comfort, there are still times you might need to improvise. Here's a little secret for the next time you're out on that 6 hour spacewalk and your nose starts itching.

Just use the microphone like this (he scratches left side of nose with one of the microphones inside the helmet). Oh, yeah! That's the spot. Right there. Right there! Whooo!

Now my foot itches. Oh man!!!

Announcer: If you'd like to find out more about clothing in space, check out nasa.gov!

 
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Curator: Kim Dismukes | Responsible NASA Official: John Ira Petty | Updated: 12/07/2004
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