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NASA is testing futuristic space suits that will protect astronauts on the moon

NASA is developing technologies for space suits that will protect future astronauts on the moon from the sun’s unfiltered rays.

The moon has no atmosphere, meaning the sun’s rays hit the lunar surface at full force, reaching 250 degrees Fahrenheit during the day.

NASAThe Artemis program has a busy schedule of manned and unmanned missions to travel the cosmos.

In 2025, Artemis will take 3 humans to the moon, with the first woman and person of color to reach the lunar surface on board.

The crew will land near the moon’s south pole, which is known large amounts of ice.

Astronauts will need protection from the ruthless temperatures of space as they cross the moon for the first time since the 1970s.

In a new one Video published by NASA, engineers are shown developing new space suits, turning a walk on the moon into a walk in the park.

During eight-hour spacewalks, the heat generated by the astronauts’ bodies is a factor to consider.

A layer of spandex is worn underneath the bulky white space suits, which is filled with tubes that pump water around the astronauts’ bodies.

NASA calls this layer a “Liquid Cooling Ventilation Garment” and absorbs the heat generated by the movements of the astronauts.

The latest developments in liquid cooling technology are an extension of similar techniques used decades ago by the Apollo astronauts and today’s astronauts.

Currently, astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) perform spacewalks using water recycled by a unit aboard the station.

The crew will land near the moon's south pole, which is said to contain large amounts of ice.
The crew will land near the moon’s south pole, which is said to contain large amounts of ice.
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Engineers are working to compress the necessary resources to fit into a self-contained suit so astronauts can explore the moon without attachment to the lunar module.

So far, two of these compact units have been built – one here on Earth, the other on board the ISS, awaiting to be tested in microgravity.

NASA is open to partnering with private companies to streamline the design and construction of spacesuit technologies

Next-generation space suits will open the door to a new era of safe and efficient spacewalks.

This story originally appeared on the sun and is reproduced here with permission.

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