When NASA astronauts return to the moon with the Artemis space program, they’ll be wearing all new moonwalk suits by Axiom Space. The contracting company calls these suits Axiom Extravehicular Mobility Units, or AxEMUs for short. Axion unveiled the prototype for these suits last week, although the finished product will be white for temperature control. The suit you see in the images above actually has a gray cover over it, to protect the prototype during training and keep some details secret from competitors.
What we know is that this suit comes with an attached life support system worn like a backpack and headlights on the helmet. It is sized to fit 90% of American men and women. And it is designed to allow a range of movement far beyond what was available for the Apollo missions. The AxEMU will be NASA’s first new spacesuit in 40 years, and should be ready by the time Artemis 3 launches for the moon in 2025. Read more about the space suit at Smithsonian.
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