Tim Peake and Tim Kopra discuss the importance of spacesuits in keeping the astronauts alive and well during spacewalks outside the International Space Station. The extra-manoeuvrability units or spacesuits give protection from micro-meteorites travelling at high velocities. They protect against extreme temperature changes, and provide a life support system including the removal of carbon dioxide, the release of oxygen, water, and regulating pressure. Astronauts practice wearing these spacesuits on Earth in vacuum chambers so they can see what it will feel like when they are out in space.

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Could be used to engage pupils with the current mission to the International Space Station focusing on British astronaut Tim Peake. A possible mini project on spacesuit construction could be instigated, exploring how they are constructed and what they can do.