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Video Transcript:

Should You Pull Over When an Astronaut Floats By?

Alexandra: (On set with EVA spacesuit) Spacesuits are specialized “vehicles” which are designed with the passenger's well being in mind. You could compare them to specialized vehicles here on Earth - take an ambulance for example (shots of ambulance driving by).

Both vehicles are designed to provide a safe environment for the people inside. (Split shots of space suits and ambulances) Each has health monitoring equipment, and oxygen supplies to help passengers breathe. They both have communications gear built-in so the operators can stay in constant touch with their team. They are even both designed to make sure everyone can see and identify them!

Which reminds me...there's something else a spacesuit and an ambulance and have in common. Because of spacesuit design constraints, astronauts can't look straight down at the labels on their control pack. So they read them using a mirror that‘s strapped to their arm.

Since the labels are designed to be read using a mirror, they are printed backwards - Just like the sign on the front of an ambulance! (Front of an ambulance).

In any case... (shot of woman driving and looking in side mirror) if you're driving down the road and you see an astronaut floating behind you - it's best to pull over and let them pass!

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NASA Brain Bite BB 1701 B


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