NASA and Houston-based aerospace company Axiom Space revealed next-generation spacesuits that astronauts will wear on the Artemis III moon mission.
Compared to the inflexible Apollo suits that outfitted astronauts for more than 50 years, the new suits are designed to be more flexible, said Russell Ralston, deputy program director at Axiom Space.
“Axiom Space’s Artemis III spacesuit will be ready to meet the complex challenges of the lunar south pole and help grow our understanding of the Moon to enable a long-term presence there,” Michael T. Suffredini, president and CEO of Axiom Space. he wrote in a press release.
The new Axiom Extravehicular Mobility Unit (AxEMU) space suit was on display at Space Center Houston’s Moon 2 Mars festival on Wednesday. A “full fleet” of training spacesuits will be delivered to NASA later this summer.
Axiom Space has just presented a prototype of the space suit that NASA astronauts will wear when they walk on the #moon. pic.twitter.com/Dg6pzOnTEi
— Andrea Leinfelder (@a_leinfelder) March 15, 2023
Here’s a better look at the spacesuit.
The Moon mission is scheduled for launch from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida atop the Space Launch System in 2025 with four astronauts. And of course NASA “woke up” recently saying that “the crew will be selected from among the most diverse astronauts in history.”