- Title: NASA unveils new spacesuits for moon mission
- Date: 15th October 2019
- Summary: WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES (OCTOBER 15, 2019) (REUTERS) WOMAN IN NEW SPACESUIT, DESIGNED FOR EXPLORING THE SURFACE OF THE MOON, WALKING UP TO NASA ADMINISTRATOR JIM BRIDENSTINE ZOOM IN AND TILT UP ON NEW SPACESUIT, WOMAN IN NEW SPACESUIT WAVING, JOINED BY MAN IN ORANGE SPACESUIT DESIGNED FOR LAUNCH AND RE-ENTRY ABOARD THE AGENCY'S ORION SPACECRAFT CLOSE OF BOOTS, TILT UP ON NEW SPACESUIT NASA SPACESUIT DESIGNER AMY ROSS EXPLAINING THE SPACESUIT, WOMAN IN SPACESUIT MOVING HER ARMS AND PICKING A ROCK WOMAN IN SPACESUIT LEAVING STATE MAN IN ORANGE SPACESUIT WALKING UP TO BRIDENSTINE AND SPEAKING ABOUT THE SUIT TILT UP OF ORANGE SPACESUIT
- Embargoed: 29th October 2019 19:43
- Keywords: NASA Spacesuits moon
- Location: WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES
- City: WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES
- Country: USA
- Topics: Science,Space Exploration
- Reuters ID: LVA001B17M8NB
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:NASA unveiled two new spacesuits designed for the space agency's Artemis moon mission to take Americans back to the moon by 2024. One of the spacesuits, called Exploration Extravehicular Mobility Unit, or xEMU for short, will be worn by astronauts while exploring the surface of the moon's South Pole. The second spacesuit, the orange-hued Orion Crew Survival System, is designed to be worn during the launch to the moon and then re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere aboard the agency's Orion spacecraft. Both suits are designed for improved mobility and comfort.
A decade after NASA sent a rocket crashing into the moon's south pole, spewing a plume of debris that revealed vast reserves of ice beneath the barren lunar surface, the space agency is racing to pick up where its little-remembered project left off.
Vice President Mike Pence in March 2019 ordered NASA to land humans on the lunar surface by 2024, accelerating a goal to colonize the moon as a staging ground for eventual missions to Mars.
Bridenstine says the moon holds billions of tons of water ice, although the exact amount and whether it's present in large chunks of ice or combined with the lunar soil remains unknown. To find out before astronauts arrive on the moon, NASA is working with a handful of companies to put rovers on the lunar surface by 2022.
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