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[i]It was elected to make the entry with helmets and gloves removed primarily to provide a means of clearing the sinus and inner ear cavities. The crew would have preferred to remove the suits as well for entry, but no other means of restraining leg motion was available. The head area was padded to provide support and bring the spine approximately straight during entry deceleration. Based on Apollo 7, suits-off entry or even an entire unsuited mission is recommended for future flights from the standard of crew comfort and reduction in crew fatigue. There should be no compromise to safety from a rapid decompression since the cabin structural integrity is well checked out before flight.[/i][/B][/QUOTE]
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