NASA Tuesday revealed two new spacesuits tailored for future moonwalking astronauts, signaling the development of a crucial element to the space agency’s accelerated push to return to the moon by 2024.
Two NASA engineers walked on a stage inside the company’s Washington, D.C. headquarters, donning the brand new spacesuits, modeling and doing squats and crunches in front of a crowd of students and reporters to disclose what the first zero-gravity space-wear under NASA’s Artemis moon plan would look like.
The Trump government in March directed NASA to land humans on the moon by 2024, accelerating a goal to conquer the moon as a staging ground for future Mars mission.
The orange fabric suit will be worn by astronauts when inside the spacecraft. Astronauts will wear a much greater, mostly white suit on the lunar floor.
The brand new suits make it a lot easier to walk, bend and squat when walking on the lunar surface, NASA’s lead spacesuit engineer, Amy Ross, said.
The brand new suits come as a much-needed improvement to NASA’s astronaut wardrobe. Astronauts Christina Koch and Anne McClain were slated in March to conduct the first-ever all-female spacewalk outside the International Space Station, however, the mission was called off since there were not enough spacesuits available on the station for both of them.
Another attempt for the first all-female spacewalk, a roughly six-hour crawl on the exterior of the space station to replace batteries, is back on for Thursday, NASA said in a press release on Tuesday.