By 2024 NASA is preparing for sending humans back to the Moon, NASA also revealed the latest spacesuits for astronauts for their return trip.
NASA has posted an update to its website to address the developments which are being made to the suit earlier this week, with most of the changes coming to its inside.
The new suit, referred to as the Exploration Extravehicular Mobility Unit, could have numerous different features to prevent “inhalation and contamination of the suit’s life support system or other spacecraft,” the space agency stated, including that the suit is also built to withstand extreme temperatures, both minus 250 degrees Fahrenheit if an astronaut is within the shade or up to 250 degrees in sunlight.
There are additional updates to the communications equipment and mobility features, giving the astronauts an excellent range of movement.
“Bunny-hopping Apollo astronauts are fun to watch; however, the effort required to move around that way was more than NASA would have chosen for their explorers who have been 250,000 miles away from home,” NASA added within the post.
The headsets, which are known as “snoopy caps,” are getting a redesign as well. The new system contains multiple voice-activated microphones within the upper torso of the suit that automatically picks up their voices.
The suits may even be custom fitted to the astronauts. The future spacewalkers will undergo 3D scans to get measurements that will “provide the most comfort and the broadest range of movement while reducing the potential for skin irritation where the suit would possibly press on the body.”
News of the custom space suits comes after a suit-sizing flap that led to an embarrassing cancellation earlier this month.
And should nature call, NASA has considered that, too, with the new suits.
Astronauts “will still wear a diaper-like garment throughout spacewalks that is a combination of commercial products stitched together for maximum absorption,” the space agency added.