Video PlayerClose WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 (Xinhua) — The U.S. space agency NASA unveiled on Tuesday the next-generation spacesuits to be used in its Artemis program that will send the first woman and next man to the Lunar South Pole by 2024. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine showcased the ground prototypes of two spacesuits designed for lunar exploration: one for exploring the Moon’s surface, known as the Exploration Extravehicular Mobility Unit (xEMU), and one for launch and re-entry aboard the agency’s mew Orion spacecraft, known as the Orion Crew Survival System. The xEMU, a red, white and blue suit, is composed of the pressure garment and a life-supporting backpack, and it can protect the astronauts from radiation, temperature extremes, and micrometeoroids, according to NASA. One of its advantages compared with previous ones goes to its better mobility. At Tuesday’s launch event, a female NASA engineer who wore the xEMU for demonstration played deep squat, full arms spinning and delicate fingers movement with much ease. The suit’s advanced mobility that enables them to accomplish much more complex tasks on the Moon’s surface is partly attributed to its joint bearings, instead of zippers, on the lower torso and upper torso. Those bearings allow full… Read full this story
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