Earlier this week, the US space exploration agency NASA introduced its new space suits specially designed for the Artemis space program. If you don't know, the Artemis program aims to take astronauts back to the moon by 2024.
The US space agency shared the space suit prototypes on its official Twitter identifier. Take a look at the tweet below.
Check out images from today's event, showing prototypes of @NASAThe two new space suits designed for moon exploration for Mars: 1 for launch and reentry and 1 for exploring the lunar South Pole! #Artemis More 📸 – https://t.co/MzGt9V5K23 pic.twitter.com/VuZwJ8VBKQ
– NASA HQ PHOTO (@nasahqphoto) October 15, 2019
These new space suits are named Extraveicular Exploration Mobility Unitsor xEMUs. Although the space suit is similar to the good old costumes used in the Apollo mission, it comes with many improvements and new features.
Astronaut safety is given the highest priority when designing these new space suits. The new suit will be able to withstand extreme temperatures of -250 degrees Fahrenheit to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. In addition, NASA explains that xEMUs come with "dust tolerant features" to prevent life support system contamination.
If you are a space enthusiast, you may have seen astronauts find it difficult to walk on the moon. This is due to the lack of stability in their costumes to cope with the low gravity on the lunar surface. Well, NASA claims to have improved mobility with this new suit. The new lower torso on the suit includes articulated bearings to allow for flexing and better mobility.
"Before the first woman and next man step into the lunar South Pole in 2024, NASA will test the new costumes and various of its components at the International Space Station in a spaceflight environment to confirm overall performance." NASA added in a statement.
Yet, astronauts will still wear diapers during spacewalks and the new suit does not improve anything in that regard.
It is worth noting that these new space suits will only be worn when astronauts are on a spacewalk or while landing on the moon. In all other scenarios, the orange suit will be worn.
So what do you think of NASA's new space suits? Tell us in the comments.