NASA Shared First Look of Spacesuits For Moon And Mars Missions
NASA reveals new spacesuits for their Artemis missions. NASA shared a video in which spacesuit engineer Kristine Davis demonstrated the improved mobility in the new suit, the spacesuit engineer wearing in the video is red-white-and-blue, bulky suit that will be used for next mission on the Moon and another spacesuit engineer rocking a thinner, orange suit. The latter is what the crew will wear on their way to and from the Moon, and in the event that there’s a sudden depressurization of their spacecraft, the suit is designed in a manner that they’ll be able to live wearing the suit for days.
Designing a modern spacesuit is one of the many challenges that NASA faces in its return to the Moon, which will happen by 2024. The big suit detailed for the use on the surface of the Moon is the Exploration Extravehicular Mobility Unit (xEMU). The new suit has more shoulder mobility than previous suits used by astronauts, which will allow astronauts to reach overhead and across their bodies that is something they apparently couldn’t do in their previous spacesuits. The latest version also looks pretty hefty — the astronaut wearing it struggled to get up a few stairs and pick up a rock. However, given that it will resist the extremes of space; those kinds of tradeoffs are understandable.
NASA doesn’t only plan to use these suits on the Moon. They are also planning to modify them for future Mars missions. And, the spacesuit is designed in a way that it promises to fit all of the astronauts working there, so that the mission will run smoothly, and not go through any mishaps like having to cancel spacewalk of the first female, due to an ill-fitting suit.