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Taking a closer look at Earth’s spacesuit - The Galveston County Daily News : Columns

August 22, 2014

Taking a closer look at Earth’s spacesuit

Posted: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 12:00 am

Our atmosphere surrounds Earth’s surface. This atmosphere contains the oxygen we breathe, protects us from harmful ultraviolet rays and causes most meteors to burn-up instead of smash into the surface.

The atmosphere also serves the dual function of being an insulating blanket at night and sunscreen during the day. Without the atmosphere, temperatures at the surface would swing wildly from extremely hot in the day to unbearably cold at night.

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