astronauts will be strolling the moon in patriotic style.
The space agency broadcast a demonstration of new spacesuit designs for the Artemis moon mission at a Tuesday press conference, where NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine hosted a dramatic catwalk-style unveiling of the new suits.
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The public event showcased two prototypes. The orange Orion Crew Survival System suit is meant to be worn during launch and reentry on board the Orion spacecraft. The red, white and blue Exploration Extravehicular Mobility Unit (xEMU) is for moonwalking.
The Apollo astronauts of the '60s and '70s sometimes fell over while out moonwalking. The new suits will allow astronauts to bend at the knees, lift objects over their heads and fully rotate their arms.
A NASA spacesuit engineer wore the xEMU on stage with the suit under pressure. She showed off her ability to reach across herself, wiggle her fingers, and squat down to pick up a rock off the floor.
Astronauts on the moon will expect to spend up to eight hours at a time wearing these suits outside on the moon.
The orange survival suits won't see any lunar-surface duty. They're designed to provide life support for up to six days in case of an emergency on the spacecraft.
The spacesuit demonstration had a pep rally feel as Bridenstine promoted NASA's ambitious timeline for getting the first woman and the next man (or perhaps two women) to the moon by 2024.
The space agency sees Artemis as more than a token stroll on the lunar surface. NASA wants to develop a sustainable human presence on the moon and use it as a jumping-off point for deeper explorations into the solar system. Mars is on the menu for the future.
Long before these Artemis-style suits see any Mars duty, they'll have to prove themselves on the moon. If NASA sticks to its 2024 schedule, we may soon enough be watching high-def video of these US flag-colored spacesuits on astronauts bouncing across the moon.
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