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Tuesday, May 9, 2006



Prototype Mars Space Suit Being Tested

Graduate student Fabio Sau tests out a experimental planetary space suit in the North Dakota Badlands.
Graduate student Fabio Sau tests out a experimental planetary space suit in the North Dakota Badlands.
Credit: CNN
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:
  • Low price compared to the $22 million space shuttle suit.
  • Transparent helmet, rigid upper body section, back pack with communications gear.
  • Wearer can traverse up a 45 degree slope with modified cold-weather hunting boots.
  • 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.

Thanks to Tim for submitting this news.

(More info: CNN)


- posted by Jim @ 8:54 EST