Space travel: Nasa presents new space suits for planned moon landings
Nasa presents new space suits for planned moon landings
It’s been a while since the last update – now fashion is changing in space: the new outfits are designed to protect the astronauts better and also offer more flexibility.
The US space agency is dressing for future planned moon landings NASA recruit their astronauts. NASA presented a prototype of the new space suits together with the US company Axiom Space on Wednesday at an event in Houston, Texas. In late summer, Axiom Space will provide NASA with a first set of suits for training purposes.
The new suits, which took around ten years to develop – including a helmet, visor, boots and a kind of backpack – offer better protection against the harsh conditions in space and better flexibility for the astronauts than the previous ones, it said. The astronauts would be able to bend down or crouch better, for example, in order to then pick up stones from the lunar surface. Chief Engineer Jim Stein even demonstrated lunges and squats wearing the suit at the event.
Current suits introduced 40 years ago
Cameras and lamps are attached to the helmet, and the so-called backpack contains a life support system that was described as a kind of “mixture of a very chic diving bottle and air conditioning”. The prototype of spacesuit is black, with orange, blue and white applications. However, to protect the astronauts from extreme temperatures on the moon, the final spacesuits will be white.
The space suits that NASA astronauts are currently wearing on field missions ISS carry, were introduced around 40 years ago, at that time still for the space shuttles. Incidents of water accumulating in helmets during field operations have been a constant concern. Among others, the German astronaut Matthias Maurer was affected. The development of new space suits had been planned for a long time, but had been delayed due to various problems. NASA had commissioned the US company Collins Aerospace to develop new space suits for the ISS.
The new suits from Axiom Space are to be used primarily for the “Artemis” mission. The program, named after the Greek goddess of the moon, is intended to land a woman and a non-white person on the moon for the first time, and flights to Mars are also planned in the more distant future. The moon landing is targeted for 2025.