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Answered 2008-11-18 08:01:44

The astronauts spacesuits are a type of life support system to keep them alive when outside of the spacecraft. Then it supplies them with air, water, communications, cooling, waste disposal and anything else they need for survival in an environment in which it is impossible to live without it.

The orange spacesuits worn by space shuttle astronauts during launch and re-entry provide air,communications and also prevents their blood from pooling in one part of the body causing faintness.

Most of the time on the shuttle and the International Space Station, astronauts wear regular clothing and only need to use special suits for EVA and launch and re-entry procedures.

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