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24th Jan '16 5:16:13 PM bombadil211
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Sliding visors were very much a part of the Apollo space suit. They were part of the protective shroud covering that went above the fishbowl helmets.
* ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon'' does this a little oddly; the astronauts on the 1969 Moon landing have their iconic reflective visors at first, but while examining the crashed Ark up close, actually slide them up into their helmets to reveal secondary transparent visors with face-illuminating lights. The sliding visors (not the lights) are a feature on modern spacesuits, as noted above.
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* ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon'' does this a little oddly; In ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon'', the astronauts on the 1969 Moon landing have their iconic reflective visors at first, but while examining the crashed Ark up close, actually slide them up into their helmets to reveal secondary transparent visors with face-illuminating lights. The sliding visors (not the lights) are a feature on modern spacesuits, as noted above.lights inside their fishbowl helmets.
25th Oct '15 2:04:02 AM DavidCowie
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* ''Film/{{Alien}}''. * ''Film/TheAbyss''.
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* ''Film/TheCore''. * ''Film/{{Armageddon}}''.
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25th Oct '15 1:51:53 AM DavidCowie
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* Earthbound example: In ''Film/TheSignal2014'', Damon wears a hazmat suit with lighting inside the helmet.
5th Oct '15 5:10:56 PM ChristianTropes33
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* In TheMovie of ''VideoGame/Tamagotchi'', Mametchi and Tanpopo's faces are clearly visible inside their spacesuits.
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* In TheMovie of ''VideoGame/Tamagotchi'', ''VideoGame/{{Tamagotchi}}'', Mametchi and Tanpopo's faces are clearly visible inside their spacesuits.
5th Oct '15 5:09:22 PM ChristianTropes33
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* In TheMovie of ''VideoGame/Tamagotchi'', Mametchi and Tanpopo's faces are clearly visible inside their spacesuits.
28th Sep '15 8:18:49 PM HeraldAlberich
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* Avoided in Peter Hamilton's ''Literature/NightsDawnTrilogy'', in which the spacesuits don't even ''have'' helmets. The spacesuits are a nondescript black silicon film that completely covers the user from a device worn around the neck. All sensors used for "seeing" the environment are contained in said device and they interface directly with implants in the user's brain. With the suits that ''do'' have helmets, the point is made that no-one can see into the suit to tell who it is inside - although that is from a distance.
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* Avoided in Peter Hamilton's ''Literature/NightsDawnTrilogy'', in which the spacesuits don't even ''have'' helmets. The spacesuits are a nondescript black silicon film that completely covers the user from a device worn around the neck. All sensors used for "seeing" the environment are contained in said device and they interface directly with implants in the user's brain. With the suits that ''do'' have helmets, the point is made that no-one can see into the suit to tell who it is inside - although inside--although that is from a distance.
28th Sep '15 8:18:32 PM HeraldAlberich
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* Averted in Film/TwoThousandAndOneASpaceOdyssey during Dave Bowman's spacewalk. His face is briefly illuminated by sunlight, until he adjusts the polarization of his helmet visor.
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* Averted in Film/TwoThousandAndOneASpaceOdyssey ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'' during Dave Bowman's spacewalk. His face is briefly illuminated by sunlight, until he adjusts the polarization of his helmet visor.

* Used in ''Literature/TheTruceAtBakura''. When Wedge is extravehicular, Luke can see his face through his faceplate. ** It should be noted that Wedge is not wearing a spacesuit, but his pilot suit and helmet as seen in the films, with a personal force field to keep a layer of air around him.
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* ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'': ** Used in ''Literature/TheTruceAtBakura''. When Wedge is extravehicular, Luke can see his face through his faceplate. ** It should be noted that faceplate. Wedge is not wearing a spacesuit, but his pilot suit and helmet as seen in the films, with a personal force field to keep a layer of air around him.
28th Sep '15 8:13:30 PM HeraldAlberich
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Another possible explanation that is sometimes covered is that the internal illumination is due to reflections from lit instrumentation or Heads Up Displays that that are hidden from external view. In such cases, it is believable that the inside of the visor also has anti-reflective coatings.
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Another possible explanation that is sometimes covered is that the internal illumination is due to reflections from lit instrumentation or Heads Up Displays [[HeadsUpDisplay Heads-Up Displays]] that that are hidden from external view. In such cases, it is believable that the inside of the visor also has anti-reflective coatings.

* This isn't the best example, but it fits here better than anywhere else. In ''[[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Darklighter]]'', Biggs and the other Rebel pilots once have a mission involving dressing in Imperial flight suits, which have obscuring full-face helmets. The artist drew those helmets as having flip-up visors with clear face shields underneath, and even the creators of the comic admit in a footnote that the only reason for any of that was so the readers could see their faces.
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* This isn't the best example, but it fits here better than anywhere else. In ''[[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse ''[[Franchise/StarWarsLegends Darklighter]]'', Biggs and the other Rebel pilots once have a mission involving dressing in Imperial flight suits, which have obscuring full-face helmets. The artist drew those helmets as having flip-up visors with clear face shields underneath, and even the creators of the comic admit in a footnote that the only reason for any of that was so the readers could see their faces.

* While not a ''space'' suit, Iron Man's armor almost always inverts this by rarely showing Tony Stark's face from the outside. A relatively recent solution to allow emoting is a sort of 'virtual' display of him hovering in a dark space dotted with computer screens, meant to represent his version of a {{HUD}}.
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* While not a ''space'' suit, Iron Man's ComicBook/IronMan's armor almost always inverts this by rarely showing Tony Stark's face from the outside. A relatively recent solution (taken from [[Film/IronMan the films]]) to allow emoting is a sort of 'virtual' display of him hovering in a dark space dotted with computer screens, meant to represent his version of a {{HUD}}.

* ''Film/EventHorizon'' - as every ship appears to have different models of space suits, both straight and averted [[spoiler: in the case of the aversion, to allow a horrifying DreamSequence Reveal as someone flips up a visor.]]
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* ''Film/EventHorizon'' - -- as every ship appears to have different models of space suits, both straight and averted [[spoiler: in the case of the aversion, to allow a horrifying DreamSequence Reveal as someone flips up a visor.]]

** Justified as well - the light emitted by his HUD provides just enough to see his face by in the extreme closeups. * Non-space example, but in ''RepoTheGeneticOpera'' the Repo Man's helmet has blue lights. Head mentions on the DVD that he couldn't see past them.
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** Justified as well - the well--the light emitted by his HUD provides just enough to see his face by in the extreme closeups. * Non-space example, but in ''RepoTheGeneticOpera'' ''Film/RepoTheGeneticOpera'' the Repo Man's helmet has blue lights. Head mentions on the DVD that he couldn't see past them.

* ''{{Sphere}}''. * Averted in ''DeepImpact'', as the astronauts worked on the dark side of the comet their face shields were open, only closing them as the Sun approached the horizon. This scene also attempts portray the effects of failing to use face shields as one astronaut fails to close his shield in time. The exposure of only a few seconds results in immediate permanent blindness and severe sun burn. Unfortunately this is a case of SpaceDoesNotWorkThatWay; solar radiation in space at that distance is only about 20% stronger than in the desert at Earth's surface, and space suit helmets block both IR and UV, eliminating the major sources of heat burns and sunburn from solar radiation, respectively. * The lights are averted in ''DestinationMoon'' (1950), leaving the actors' faces partly in shadow (to help tell them apart they wear coloured spacesuits). No reflective helmet visors, though, as the movie was made even before Sputnik, it's forgivable.
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* ''{{Sphere}}''. ''Film/{{Sphere}}''. * Averted in ''DeepImpact'', ''Film/DeepImpact'', as the astronauts worked on the dark side of the comet their face shields were open, only closing them as the Sun approached the horizon. This scene also attempts portray the effects of failing to use face shields as one astronaut fails to close his shield in time. The exposure of only a few seconds results in immediate permanent blindness and severe sun burn. Unfortunately this is a case of SpaceDoesNotWorkThatWay; solar radiation in space at that distance is only about 20% stronger than in the desert at Earth's surface, and space suit helmets block both IR and UV, eliminating the major sources of heat burns and sunburn from solar radiation, respectively. * The lights are averted in ''DestinationMoon'' ''Film/DestinationMoon'' (1950), leaving the actors' faces partly in shadow (to help tell them apart they wear coloured spacesuits). No reflective helmet visors, though, as the movie was made even before Sputnik, it's forgivable.

* [[TransformersFilmSeries Transformers: Dark of the Moon]] does this a little oddly; the astronauts on the 1969 Moon landing have their iconic reflective visors at first, but while examining the crashed Ark up close, actually slide them up into their helmets to reveal secondary transparent visors with face-illuminating lights.
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* [[TransformersFilmSeries Transformers: Dark of the Moon]] ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon'' does this a little oddly; the astronauts on the 1969 Moon landing have their iconic reflective visors at first, but while examining the crashed Ark up close, actually slide them up into their helmets to reveal secondary transparent visors with face-illuminating lights.lights. The sliding visors (not the lights) are a feature on modern spacesuits, as noted above.

* ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'' features space suits with nifty heads-up displays in the helmets, and face-illuminating lights within that would seem to interfere with the visibility of those displays.
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* ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'' features space suits with nifty [[HeadsUpDisplay heads-up displays displays]] in the helmets, and face-illuminating lights within that would seem to interfere with the visibility of those displays.

-->'''Astronaut:''' "I am now turning on my invisible electromagnetic rayscreen..." -->'''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]]:''' "Even I don't buy it." -->'''Astronaut:''' "...which forms a protective shield over our faces..."
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-->'''Astronaut:''' "I I am now turning on my invisible electromagnetic rayscreen..." rayscreen... -->'''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]]:''' "Even Even I don't buy it." -->'''Astronaut:''' "...it. -->'''Astronaut:''' ...which forms a protective shield over our faces..."

* In ''Film/{{Gravity}}'', the least realistic aspect of an otherwise [[ShownTheirWork thoroughly researched]] movie is probably this trope - it's so you can get a good look at stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.
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* In ''Film/{{Gravity}}'', the least realistic aspect of an otherwise [[ShownTheirWork thoroughly researched]] movie is probably this trope - it's trope--it's so you can get a good look at stars Sandra Bullock Creator/SandraBullock and George Clooney.Creator/GeorgeClooney.

* In ''Film/{{Gravity}}'', the least realistic aspect of an Lights are included in otherwise [[ShownTheirWork thoroughly researched]] movie is probably this trope - it's so you can get a good look at stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. bog-standard NASA spacesuits in ''Film/SpaceCowboys''.

* Averted, very nearly disastrously, in ''Literature/TheMoteInGodsEye''. Aliens in a spacesuit use a severed head in a helmet to slip past guards; the deception is only revealed when a momentary angle of sunlight reveals the aliens peering out the helmet - having moved the head out of the way to be able to navigate. Having those lights to identify your astronauts sure would have helped spot the dead guy... * Avoided in Peter Hamilton's ''NightsDawnTrilogy'', in which the spacesuits don't even ''have'' helmets. The spacesuits are a nondescript black silicon film that completely covers the user from a device worn around the neck. All sensors used for "seeing" the environment are contained in said device and they interface directly with implants in the user's brain. With the suits that ''do'' have helmets, the point is made that no-one can see into the suit to tell who it is inside - although that is from a distance.
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* Averted, very nearly disastrously, in ''Literature/TheMoteInGodsEye''. Aliens in a spacesuit use a severed head in a helmet to slip past guards; the deception is only revealed when a momentary angle of sunlight reveals the aliens peering out the helmet - having helmet--having moved the head out of the way to be able to navigate. Having those lights to identify your astronauts sure would have helped spot the dead guy... * Avoided in Peter Hamilton's ''NightsDawnTrilogy'', ''Literature/NightsDawnTrilogy'', in which the spacesuits don't even ''have'' helmets. The spacesuits are a nondescript black silicon film that completely covers the user from a device worn around the neck. All sensors used for "seeing" the environment are contained in said device and they interface directly with implants in the user's brain. With the suits that ''do'' have helmets, the point is made that no-one can see into the suit to tell who it is inside - although that is from a distance.

* ''Series/BabylonFive'' - "Thirdspace"'', Captain Sheridan's suit runs straight into this trope.
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* ''Series/BabylonFive'' - "Thirdspace"'', ''Series/BabylonFive'': ** In "Thirdspace", Captain Sheridan's suit runs straight into this trope.

* Justified in the ''Series/BattlestarGalactica1978'' - it was the emitters of a force field that kept the pilot's air in. * It has cropped up a couple of times on ''Series/DoctorWho''. In "The Impossible Planet" and "The Satan Pit", the Tenth Doctor spends much of his screen-time gallivanting around a pit-and-cave-system wearing a pressure suit and helmet. The helmet features four tiny lights which are pointed directly at the corners of the Doctor's mouth and eyes.
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* Justified in the ''Series/BattlestarGalactica1978'' - it ''Series/BattlestarGalactica1978''--it was the emitters of a force field that kept the pilot's air in. * It has cropped up a couple of times on ''Series/DoctorWho''. ''Series/DoctorWho''. ** In "The Impossible Planet" and "The Satan Pit", the Tenth Doctor spends much of his screen-time gallivanting around a pit-and-cave-system wearing a pressure suit and helmet. The helmet features four tiny lights which are pointed directly at the corners of the Doctor's mouth and eyes.

* Especially ridiculous in ''SpaceAboveAndBeyond'' as the lighted helmet interior would have proved a wonderful aiming point for chig soldiers when fighting in the dark.
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* Especially ridiculous in ''SpaceAboveAndBeyond'' ''Series/SpaceAboveAndBeyond'' as the lighted helmet interior would have proved a wonderful aiming point for chig soldiers when fighting in the dark.

* Averted with Creator/SegaPinball's ''Pinball/{{Apollo 13}}'' game; the astronaut prominently featured on the backglass has his face entirely covered by the visor of his helmet. Done out of necessity because Creator/TomHanks' likeness was not available.
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* Averted with Creator/SegaPinball's ''Pinball/{{Apollo 13}}'' game; the astronaut prominently featured on the backglass has his face entirely covered by the visor of his helmet. Done out of necessity because Creator/TomHanks' Creator/TomHanks's likeness was not available.

* Thoroughly averted in ''Franchise/DeadSpace''. None of the available suit helmets have face openings, presumably presenting the world to Isaac via AR screen - which would also nicely explain the massive amount of HardLight interfaces.
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* Thoroughly averted in ''Franchise/DeadSpace''. None of the available suit helmets have face openings, presumably presenting the world to Isaac via AR screen - which screen--which would also nicely explain the massive amount of HardLight interfaces.

*** ''VideoGame/DeadSpace2'' has a CollapsibleHelmet for when Isaac needs to talk to people. * ''VideoGame/{{Metroid}}'': It's on and off here. The 2D games (''Super Metroid'' and ''Zero Mission'' in particular) will show Samus's eyes behind her green visor. When it went to 3D with the ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime'' series Samus's face was completely obscured. ** The camera in the Prime series is mostly first person, so you do get to see her face reflected off the visor whenever there is [[StuffBlowingUp something bright nearby.]] *** ''Prime 3'' also had Samus' face reflected on the helmet's visor while using the Scan Visor. ** The introduction to ''Super Metroid'' has Samus typing up the events of previous Metroid games. You can see her face on the computer monitor.
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*** ** ''VideoGame/DeadSpace2'' has a CollapsibleHelmet for when Isaac needs to talk to people. * ''VideoGame/{{Metroid}}'': ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'': It's on and off here. The 2D games (''Super Metroid'' (''VideoGame/SuperMetroid'' and ''Zero Mission'' ''VideoGame/MetroidZeroMission'' in particular) will show Samus's eyes behind her green visor. When it went to 3D with the ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime'' series ''VideoGame/MetroidPrimeTrilogy'' Samus's face was completely obscured. ** The camera in the Prime ''Prime'' series is mostly first person, so you do get to see her face reflected off the visor whenever there is [[StuffBlowingUp something bright nearby.]] *** ''Prime 3'' ** ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime3Corruption'' also had Samus' has Samus's face reflected on the helmet's visor while using the [[EnemyScan Scan Visor. Visor]]. ** The introduction to ''Super Metroid'' ''VideoGame/SuperMetroid'' has Samus typing up the events of previous Metroid games. You can see her face on the computer monitor.

* Avoided in ''VideoGame/StarCraft''...somewhat. In the videos, you can't see someone's face when the reflective plating is down, they lift it up to have conversations. (Although they inexplicably keep it down for no reason most of the time, even if they're fighting on a very dark planet where a reflection can give them away.) Inside the game itself though, the plating is almost always up. Because you might forget which unit is selected even though the name and a miniature is next to the portrait...or something. Obviously this only applies to Terrans as the other races can happily frolic in space...somehow. And even only some of those, others have weird masks or HumongousMecha.
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* Avoided in ''VideoGame/StarCraft''... somewhat. In the videos, you can't see someone's face when the reflective plating is down, they lift it up to have conversations. (Although they inexplicably keep it down for no reason most of the time, even if they're fighting on a very dark planet where a reflection can give them away.) Inside the game itself though, the plating is almost always up. Because you might forget which unit is selected even though the name and a miniature is next to the portrait... or something. Obviously this only applies to Terrans as the other races can happily frolic in space... somehow. And even only some of those, others have weird masks or HumongousMecha.

*** VideoGame/MassEffect3 has several armors that completely obscure the face, although there is a setting that removes the helmet during conversations.
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*** VideoGame/MassEffect3 ** ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' has several armors that completely obscure the face, although there is a setting that removes the helmet during conversations.

* Deeply, for the disappointment of many fans, averted in the ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' series where it features John-117 and his Spartan Mjolnir suit, designed to work in every condition, including vacuum. ** You can't EVER see his face through his faceplate, which is a golden 150% reflective one.
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* Deeply, for to the disappointment of many fans, averted in the ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' series where it which features John-117 and his Spartan Mjolnir suit, designed to work in every condition, including vacuum. ** vacuum. You can't EVER see his face through his faceplate, which is a golden 150% reflective one.

* Optimus Prime from Franchise/{{Transformers}} has an iconic faceplate that is indicative of his classic look even more than his semi-truck vehicle mode. Later incarnations have made the faceplate retractable so that he can actually emote and express himself, with "Prime Lips" being a mild controversy ([[TheyChangedItNowItSucks one of many]]) with the [[Film/{{Transformers}} Transformers film series]]. The truth is the retractable faceplate was introduced in ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'', with other shows not even have it deployed at all, while the films made it into a dramatic "time for battle" moment that has influenced later shows (especially ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' and ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'').
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* Optimus Prime from Franchise/{{Transformers}} ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' has an iconic faceplate that is indicative of his classic look even more than his semi-truck vehicle mode. Later incarnations have made the faceplate retractable so that he can actually emote and express himself, with "Prime Lips" being a mild controversy ([[TheyChangedItNowItSucks one of many]]) with the [[Film/{{Transformers}} Transformers film series]].Film/TransformersFilmSeries. The truth is the retractable faceplate was introduced in ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'', with other shows not even have it deployed at all, while the films made it into a dramatic "time for battle" moment that has influenced later shows (especially ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' and ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'').
29th Aug '15 8:29:44 PM nombretomado
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-->'''MST3K:''' "Even I don't buy it."
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-->'''MST3K:''' -->'''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]]:''' "Even I don't buy it."

-->'''MST3K:''' [[SarcasmMode Of course it does.]]
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-->'''MST3K:''' -->'''[=MST3K=]:''' [[SarcasmMode Of course it does.]]
27th Jun '15 9:18:52 PM nombretomado
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* Justified in the Series/BattlestarGalacticaClassic - it was the emitters of a force field that kept the pilot's air in.
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* Justified in the Series/BattlestarGalacticaClassic ''Series/BattlestarGalactica1978'' - it was the emitters of a force field that kept the pilot's air in.
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