MIT’s Mars space suit

September 4, 2012

Throughout the history (pdf) of NASA space suits, astronauts had to deal with bulky, hard to move in, non-mobile suits that hindered their work flow as opposed to helped them achieve their tasks and jobs.

That is, until Dava J. Newman — a Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Engineering Systems, Director of Technology and Policy Program, and MacVicar Faculty Fellow at MIT — and her crew designed a snug fitting space suit that would allow astronauts to move freely. As you can see from the image below, the suit is significantly smaller than NASA’s Mark III space suit. This will allow wearers of the suit to fit into tighter spaces and work with their hands more freely than ever before.

 

Video Source: Pop Tech

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