NASA has announced it has offered an up-close look at next generation spacesuits to be worn by the first woman and next man to explore the Moon as part of the agency´s Artemis program, the agency said.
NASA is preparing to send astronauts to the Moon by 2024 and is moving forward with design and development of the suits astronauts will wear on the lunar surface and other destinations, including Mars.
Using ground prototypes, unveiled its two spacesuits designed for lunar exploration — one for launch and re-entry aboard the agency´s Orion spacecraft, known as the Orion Crew Survival Suit, and one for exploring the surface of the Moon´s South Pole, known as the Exploration Extravehicular Mobility Unit (xEMU).
The xEMU suit improves on the suits previously worn during the Apollo era and those currently worn during spacewalks outside the International Space Station. This new spacesuit will accommodate a broad range of astronaut sizes and features an improved fit, comfort, and mobility for the lunar surface. NASA recently sought input from industry on interest in future production of the xEMU spacesuit.
Students from local middle and high schools were among the participants in the audience at the viewing. Students took part in a Question-and-Answer with NASA experts. Connecting students to these unique opportunities provides authentic STEM experiences to encourage the next generation into science, technology, engineering, and math.