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How NASA Spacesuits Work: EMUs Explained (Infographic)

Many layers and systems combine to keep astronauts alive in the vacuum of space.
Many layers and systems combine to keep astronauts alive in the vacuum of space. (Image credit: Karl Tate/Space.com)

The Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) allows an astronaut to work outside a spacecraft for up to 7 hours. Russian and Chinese space agencies use different types of spacesuits. The EMU was manufactured by International Latex Corporation (ILC), with a life support system made by Hamilton Standard.

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Karl Tate
Karl's association with SPACE.com goes back to 2000, when he was hired to produce interactive Flash graphics. Starting in 2010, Karl has been TechMediaNetwork's infographics specialist across all editorial properties.  Before joining SPACE.com, Karl spent 11 years at the New York headquarters of The Associated Press, creating  news graphics for use around the world in newspapers and on the web.  He has a degree in graphic design from Louisiana State University. To find out what his latest project is, you can follow Karl on Google+.