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Space Exploration Tools and Equipment

From Robots to Spaceships, find information on all the equipment and tools needed for space exploration. Learn about the hardware and software, tools and equipment used by astronauts. Tools and equipment for the space age.
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  2. Shuttles - Space Shuttles (7)

Apollo 1 Spacecraft
Apollo 1 Spacecraft; The Apollo 1 spacecraft was the entire structure atop the launch vehicle. The Apollo 1 spacecraft was 82 feet tall and had five distinct parts: the command module, the service module, the lunar module, the launch escape system, and the spacecraft-lunar module adapter. The three modules made up the basic Apollo 1 spacecraft.

The Evolution of the Space Suit
Ever since Alan Shepard's history making flight in 1961, NASA astronauts have relied on spacesuits to help them work and keep them safe. From the shiny silver of the Mercury suit to the orange "pumpkin suits" of shuttle crew, the suits have served as personal spacecraft, protecting explorers during launch and entry, while working on the International Space Station, or walking on the moon.

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Space Suit Gallery
Ever since Alan Shepard's history making flight in 1961, NASA astronauts have relied on spacesuits to help them work and keep them safe. From the shiny silver of the Mercury suit to the orange "pumpkin suits" of shuttle crew, the suits have served as personal spacecraft, protecting explorers during launch and entry, while working on the International Space Station, or walking on the moon.

Simplified Aid For EVA Rescue (SAFER)
One of the ways NASA is making space walks safer is with a device called Simplified Aid For EVA Rescue (SAFER). Essentially a "life jacket" for space walks, SAFER is a self-contained maneuvering unit worn by astronauts like a backpack. The system relies on small nitrogen-jet thrusters to let an astronaut move around in space.

The Spacesuit - A Primer on Spacesuits
Spacesuits are necessary for working in space. To explore and work in space, human beings must take their environment with them because there is no atmospheric pressure and no oxygen to sustain life. Inside the spacecraft, the atmosphere can be controlled so that special clothing isn't needed, but when outside, humans need the protection of a spacesuit. Here, we discuss the evolution of spacesuits.

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