The spacesuit used by NASA separates into two parts, allowing an astronaut to don the legs before climbing into the upper torso module that contains the life-support gear. Before climbing in, however, the astronaut must ... More »

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Astronauts wear space suits, flight suits, maximum-absorbency garments and helmets. They typically wear blue flight suits and tennis shoes during training, and they also wear the flight suits while flying NASA T-38 jets. More »

As a GS-11 pay grade, astronauts earn $64,724 annually, although pay at the GS-14 level is $141,715. According to NASA, the salary for an astronaut is based on the federal government's general schedule, with astronauts b... More »

The purpose of a space suit is to keep astronauts alive in outer space, as the extreme temperatures and lack of an atmosphere mean instant death for a human. Astronauts also wear suits inside the spacecraft sometimes in ... More »

The advantages of joining a space exploration program as a scientist or an astronaut include the satisfaction of solving an intellectual challenge, the high salary and the adventurous experience. Some of the cons are tha... More »

Mae C. Jemison is the first African-American female astronaut and the first African-American woman to ever go to space, according to Biography. She is also a trained dancer, doctor of medicine and Peace Corps volunteer, ... More »

The survival needs of astronauts in space depend on the amount of time in question, but for standard, short missions, they require protection against the frigid temperatures and protection from solar glare and the vacuum... More »