NASA’s current spacesuit was designed in 1982 and upgraded in 1988. Although an improvement over prior versions, such as that used for lunar missions that severely restricted mobility and visibility, materials technology has come a long way since the 1980s. NASA’s new suit, the Z-1, is expected to provide a boost in functionality and comfort, taking advantage of Russia suit design factors that have proven their worth as well as new capabilities. Expected to be ready for use in 2015, the suit could be the first to be deployed on Mars.
Learn about how NASA is developing a new spacesuit for exploring the moon and Mars, in this SPACE.com infographic.
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