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NASA unveils new Artemis spacesuit prototypes

By T.K. Randall
October 16, 2019 · Comment icon 9 comments

Two new spacesuits for the Artemis era. Image Credit: NASA
Keen to meet its 2024 deadline for returning to the Moon, NASA has unveiled its first new spacesuits in 40 years.
At an event held at the agency's Washington, D.C. headquarters yesterday, two new suits - one for wearing inside a spacecraft and one for outside - were demonstrated on stage.

The new designs represent a major improvement over the suits worn by Neil Armstrong and his fellow Apollo astronauts when they walked on the lunar surface back in the 1960s and 1970s.

Built using modern materials and techniques, the new suits are much more flexible and, unlike the current spacesuits used for ISS spacewalks, can be worn by any astronaut regardless of size.
"This is the first suit we've designed in about 40 years," said NASA's Chris Hansen. "What you saw today was a prototype of the pressure garment. The life support system is back in a lab in Houston."

"We want systems that allow our astronauts to be scientists on the surface of the Moon."

NASA's current objective is to return humans to the lunar surface within as little as 5 years, however it remains increasingly uncertain whether or not this will actually be achievable.

If it succeeds, it will be the first time humans have walked on another world in over 50 years.

Source: Reuters | Comments (9)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Hammerclaw 4 years ago
Nice. Too bad they're so god-awful ugly.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Joon Hunter 4 years ago
Comment icon #3 Posted by Seti42 4 years ago
It's not a fashion show, they're designed to be 100% functional in a hostile environment and actually fit multiple body types.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Hammerclaw 4 years ago
Good--but they're still ugly. They called life jackets "May Wests" for obvious reasons. You could call these things "Rosy O'Donnell's". 
Comment icon #5 Posted by Jon the frog 4 years ago
If they fall on their back with the moon suit, they are stuck turtle style. But without kidding, it's good that we see new stuff coming !
Comment icon #6 Posted by Dark_Grey 4 years ago
Climate change fanatics seem to meet their projection dates more than NASA does. Idunno guys - as time goes on, I'm beginning to suspect more and more that NASA is a big money laundering operation. They eat a lot of cash with little to show for it other than more click-bait.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Jon the frog 4 years ago
NASA is a development bottomless money pit...They are doing very interesting research but to build an develop new launcher, it's more like a nightmare. They are the biggest reason why private launch companies are soaring now !
Comment icon #8 Posted by Dark_Grey 4 years ago
Agreed. The research they are (supposedly,) doing sounds fascinating. I wonder how much of it will lead to real world applications? Despite millions and millions of dollars over several decades, not much has changed on the shuttle design. To my ignoramus eyes, it looks and acts very much like it did in the 70's. Given that technology has advanced ten fold since then, I thought we would be on a completely new design by now with a completely different propulsion system. Every year, we read promising articles about new fusion reactors and hydrogen reactors and all kinds of Sci-Fi tech that is sur... [More]
Comment icon #9 Posted by tortugabob 4 years ago
That spacesuit makes her butt look fat. NASA is gonna hear from the feminists about this.

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