See NASA's patriotic new Artemis spacesuits for the moon and Mars

CNET | 10/15/2019 | Amanda Kooser
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A spacesuit engineer shows off a prototype of NASA's xEMU suit for Artemis mission moonwalks.

NASA astronauts will be strolling the moon in patriotic style.

Space - Agency - Demonstration - Spacesuit - Designs

The space agency broadcast a demonstration of new spacesuit designs for the Artemis moon mission at a press conference on Tuesday. NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine kicked off the event by hosting a dramatic catwalk-style unveiling of the new suits.

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.

Bridenstine - Spacesuits - Astronauts - Body - Types

Bridenstine made sure to point out these spacesuits will fit astronauts of all body types, a reference to when NASA had to scrub the first planned all-female spacewalk due to not having enough spacesuit sizes available on the ISS.

This Orion survival suit will protect astronauts for up to six days in case the spacecraft depressurizes.

NASA - Details - XEMU - Suits - October

NASA dropped some details about the xEMU suits earlier in October, highlighting the maneuverability of the design and the advances made since the Apollo era.

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.

NASA - Spacesuit - Engineer - XEMU - Stage

A NASA spacesuit engineer wore the xEMU on stage...
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