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|Prototype Mars Space Suit Being Tested|
Using a $100,000 NASA-sponsored "North Dakota Space Grant Consortium"
budget, students at the University of North Dakota, North Dakota State,
Dickinson State, the state College of Science, and Turtle Mountain Community
College have designed a prototype suit to be used on Mars. Among the properties
of the design are:
|Graduate student Fabio Sau tests out a experimental planetary space suit in the North Dakota Badlands.|
Thanks to Tim for submitting this news.
- Low price compared to the $22 million space shuttle suit.
- Transparent helmet, rigid upper body section, back pack with communications
- Wearer can traverse up a 45 degree slope with modified cold-weather hunting
- Gloves withstand cold and low pressure of Mars, yet have dexterity enough for
tying a shoe.
- 47 pound suit weighs only 16 pounds on Mars.
- Inner pressure suit covered with a blue coverall instead of white, to stand
out against red terrain and red dust.
(More info: CNN)
- posted by Jim @ 8:54 EST