• Question: How heavy is an spacesuit?

    Asked by Daimena to Jon on 9 Oct 2015.
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      Jonathan Scott answered on 9 Oct 2015:

      A lot!

      The suit worn by space shuttle astronauts weighed about 50 kg, but when you add in the full life support system, that goes up to 140 kg – that’s twice the weight of an averaged-sized adult women. On Earth it would be impossible for one person to move a suit, but in space nothing has any weight, so it works perfectly for space walks. You can learn lots about space suits here: http://history.nasa.gov/spacesuits.pdf