NASA aims to send humans on the moon once again under Artemis, its upcoming lunar mission. The American space agency would land the second man and first lady on the lunar surface by 2024. As spacesuits play a crucial role in deep space missions, their up-gradation is essential for future efforts. Similarly, for Artemis, the classic spacesuits worn by the expedition of Apollo-era in the 1960s and 70s needed a touch-up. Thus, on Tuesday, NASA has offered live demos of a new set of spacesuits specially designed for Artemis astronauts. During a press conference, Jim Bridenstine, the NASA Administrator, had introduced two new prototypes of spacesuits. The first one is xEMU, and another one is Orion Crew Survival System.
The first apparel for the scheduled landing at the moon’s south pole is xEMU, Exploration Extravehicular Mobility Unit. The name signifies the structure of the tri-color spacesuit. NASA said it is slightly like a spaceship in the manner it protects the astronauts. Notably, the xEMU spacesuit has three colors, blue, red, and white, tailored for a moonwalk. On the other hand, NASA astronauts will wear the second prototype during launch and re-enter in the Orion spacecraft. The orange-colored Orion Crew Survival System spacesuit will offer thermal protection to the expedition. While announcing the latest clothing, Bridenstine highlighted that astronauts of all body types would fit into the suits. The announcement ensures that NASA will not have to scrub future spacewalks as it has done in the past.
At the beginning of the current month, NASA had released some particulars of xEMU suits. The update also focused on the changes made in Apollo-era’s suits. During the previous manned-mission to the moon, the astronauts spilled over while walking around the lunar surface. But the latest spacesuits will enable astronauts to kneel as well as lift objects above their heads. Even more, the astronauts will be able to rotate their arms fully while wearing the suits. Astronauts on the moon will expect to pass around eight hours while wearing these suits. Currently, NASA is creating the first Artemis spacesuits and aims to deploy the finalized-versions by 2023. In the future, the American space agency seeks to hand over the production to a private company.