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    The orange Launch Entry Suit or LES is worn by NASA Space Shuttle astronauts and cosmonauts being sent into space via the Space Shuttle.

    The astronaut and /or cosmonaut would also wears a parachute harness, parachute and survival gear. On the chest of the suit are the suit controller, which closes if ambient pressure falls below a certain limit to pressurize the suit, and the connector to the ventilation hose which blows cool air into the suit. 

   NASA astronauts have been using this of suit (with some modernizations) for many years now. 

The partial pressure Launch and Entry Suits
are bright orange so that rescuers can easily
see the astronauts in the case of a water landing.

The Space Shuttle Launch and Entry Suit is a partial-pressure suit designed to protect the space shuttle crew in the event of sudden loss of cabin pressure. It can also be used to help insulate the crew from cold air or water temperatures after a bail out from the shuttle.
    After the first space shuttle disaster, it was decided that future crews would be provided with pressure suits once again during launch and re-entry. The new suits feature a full pressurized helmet, a dual neck dam, integrated exposure suit,  a parachute harness, and flotation equipment. Also added to the new suits was an anti-G protection system which was used during re-entry.

John Glenn and the STS-95 crew. From left: Pedro Duque, Curtis Brown Jr., Chiaki Nauto-Mukai, U.S. Sen. John H. Glenn Jr. (D.-Ohio), Stephen Robinson, Steven Lindsey, & Scott Parazynski.

Here is our LES Suit on display at the Museum of Discovery in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The suit on the left is a NASA Technicians Coverall & Cap.

Here is our LES Suit on display at the Museum of Discovery in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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