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Spacesuit Design Takes Giant Leap Forward

Posted July 22, 2014 7:50 PM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

Today's astronauts take spacewalks in suits designed three decades ago. But those who step onto the rough surface of Mars in 2030 will don suits being re-engineered now to take a giant leap forward in comfort and protection. The current Z-2 prototype uses advanced materials to help cut the weight of the suit in half, to withstand a full vacuum, and to offer better protection against radiation and micrometeorite strikes. Other design improvements include rotating bearings in shoulder and hip joints to improve astronaut mobility and better sealing and CO2 handling, eliminating the need for airlocks on the spacecraft.


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07/24/2014 7:14 PM

They walked on the moon in suits designed 50 years ago!

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