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Astronauts always have a black fabric headcover worn over their hair or scalp, when they are wearing the spacesuit and helmet for takeoff or EVAs. There’s always a white panel that looks about 3 inches wide, and seems to go from the forehead to the back of the neck. Is this a different type of fabric? What are the benefits of having this white panel? Does it give extra protection?

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This is called a Snoopy Cap.

It's a hood that holds the communications headset to the astronaut's head.

The white portion is elastic fabric to make the cap fit snugly; the black portions are a non-elastic fabric and hold the communications gear.

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