What kind of space suit would the astronauts of the Artemis mission go to the moon wear?

Science News Desk – After the success of the first phase of NASA’s Artemis campaign, preparations are underway for the second phase and after that in the year 2025, NASA astronauts will go to the moon. For this mission, NASA has unveiled a new space suit developed by Axiom Space. Although the old space suit lasted longer, passing the test of time, the new space suit is said to be much better than the previous one. This space suit will not only be equipped with many new features but will also work to equip the passengers with many new capabilities.

Man is going to go to the moon after 50 years
The prototype suit was unveiled at a ceremony on 15 March. It is specially designed for NASA’s Artemis 3 mission, in which the first woman and the first black man will be sent to the lunar surface. Before this, NASA had last sent a man to the moon in the year 1972. Since then humans are being sent to the moon.

Why is the color different?
The special thing about this prototype is that it is not the color of the space suit used by the Artemis passengers, which will be white. The color of this prototype space suit is dark brown now, but due to thermal reasons it will be colored white. This time NASA has handed over many parts of its Artemis mission to the private sector, in which the responsibility of the space suit went to the Axiom company.

America’s supremacy
NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said in a statement that the Artemis mission will not only return humans to the Moon, but also maintain America’s supremacy in space. More and more people will be able to get opportunities for science discovery and research on the moon.

Why the change in suit design?
The point to note here is that since the Space Shuttle era, NASA astronauts have been wearing the same type of space suit whose technology has been basically the same. Experts say that the design of this suit has stood the test for a long time, but the problem with it is that it limits the freedom of movement.

Why was there a need for such a space suit?
NASA needed this space suit because the travelers in the Artemis mission will not only stay on the moon for a few hours, but will stay on the surface there for a long time and collect many information as well as do some experiments. In a low-gravity space like the Moon, travelers would now need a space suit that would allow them to walk, bend, and roll with ease. While the traditional space suit came in handy in the microgravity environment of the International Space Station, the suit became useful because there passengers did not need to wear it for very long.

But this new prototype suit, called the Axiom Extra Mobility Unit or AxEMU, has been developed specifically for conditions on the Moon. The helmet of this space suit is fitted with an HD video camera, so that whatever the passenger sees, it can be streamed live on Earth. Apart from this, the way of wearing it will also be different from the previous suit. Significantly, this space suit is not owned by Axiom company, this space suit will be of NASA only, in which Axiom Space has done the work of adding some parts or facilities. Axiom will continue to provide all support related to the Expedition Suite to NASA.

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