Spacesuits tailor-made for the Moon
NASA has rolled out the next generation of out of this world clothing as part of its long-term mission to Mars
Advance spacesuit engineer Kristine Davis, left, waves to the cameras alongside the lead engineer Dustin Gohmert in Washington on October 15.
Photo: AFP / Andrew Caballero-Reynolds
To boldly go where no one has gone before, you will need a suit. A cutting-edge spacesuit.
As part of the projected Mars mission, NASA, or the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, has rolled out the next generation of out of this world clothing for the first step – a return trip to the Moon in 2024.
Prototypes of the Orion Crew Survival Suit, which will be worn during the journey and the landing on the lunar surface, were unveiled by NASA earlier this week.
Standing in front of a giant United States flag, spacesuit engineer Kristine Davis wore a pressurized red, blue and white xEMU number, showing off a vastly improved range of motion thanks to bearings systems on the waist, arms, and legs.
“If we remember the Apollo generation, we remember Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, they bunny hopped on the surface of the Moon,” Jim Bridenstine, an administrator at NASA, told a media conference.
“Now we’re going to be able to walk on the surface of the Moon, which is very different from the suits of the past,” he added.
Under the Artemis mission, NASA plans to land on the Moon’s South Pole in order to exploit its water ice, discovered in 2009, both for life support purposes and to split into hydrogen and oxygen for use as rocket propellant. The mission will be a stepping stone in the quest to go to Mars in the 2030s.
– additional reporting AFP