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N.A.S.A. new space suits for mars mission (NDX-1)

If man someday should set his foot on Mars, he is can survive only in a special space suit. The trick is to provide the astronauts with oxygen, to protect him from the hostile environment and to give him maximum freedom of movement. NASA NDX-1 prototypes are ready.

The term “Suit” was actually completely misleading, Pablo De Leon finds. The scientists from the University of North Dakota has developed his project team a spacesuit astronauts might one day during a Mars exploration could wear. “So a space suit is so complex that it resembles a machine or a miniature spaceship,” stressed de Leon. It was just something completely different than to take a suit off the rack, to enter and close the zipper.

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Developed by the NASA spacesuits of the next generation. Photo: Nasa

Test site with a fine layer of dust built up

For ten years, the engineers and designers build the human spaceflight laboratory of the University of North Dakota on their expertise in space suits. Now there are tailored to the hostile conditions on Mars, a preliminary prototype. The North Dakota experimental-1 (NDX-1) is the first planetary space suit, which arose at a University and not at NASA

The latest practice test for the NDX-1 took place on the site of the Kennedy Space Center in Florida known as the “Swamp Works” now. There, the scientists on a laboratory site have reconstructed the surface of the Moon and even Mars with a fine layer of dust on the floor. The requirements for the spacesuit are complex: he must protect its wearer from the cold, high-energy radiation and the dust storms on Mars, the supply of oxygen must function reliably and in all of this the astronaut as much mobility must have that he could collect for example rock samples from the Martian surface.

NASA tests its own suit prototype

In the case of NDX-1, which is made from lightweight materials, succeeded apparently so well, that the astronaut during his surface exploration on Mars can collect not only loose dust, but also were so flexible, that he could dig up small rocks.

The latest practice test for the NDX 1 now held on the site of the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. There, the scientists on a laboratory site have reconstructed the surface of the Moon and even Mars with a fine layer of dust on the floor. Photo: Dmitry Gerondidakis / NASA
The latest practice test for the NDX 1 now held on the site of the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. There, the scientists on a laboratory site have reconstructed the surface of the Moon and even Mars with a fine layer of dust on the floor. Photo: Dmitry Gerondidakis / NASA

NASA also tested other suit prototype, developed in our own laboratories at the Johnson Space Center. You are heavier, may protect the people even better, might be too much strenuous for the carrier.

Essential components may arise on-site in the 3D printer

Among these spacesuits developed by NASA next-generation, specifically designed for use on an external surface of the planet, the Z-2 suit. It consists of high-performance plastics, which are at the same time light and hard-wearing. In the areas of shoulders and waist, the suit can be adapted to different body shapes so that a suit for several astronauts can be made relatively easily fit during the mission.

With regard to the different fits, NASA and the prototype exploration suit (PXS) is another way. The PXS is not primarily for use on Mars, but for long.

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The space suit of NDX-1, developed at the University of North Dakota is made from lightweight materials and allows freedom of movement to the astronauts. The test turned out so that the carrier could pick up not only loose dust, but also so flexible on Mars would be, that he could dig up small rocks. Newly developed equipment to collect samples at the same time conducted the scientists with the suit test. Photo: Dmitry Gerondidakis / NASA

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  1. De Leon is Argentine and developped the suit in Argentina and later on with u of North Dakota . He also developped other space suits for NASA in the past .

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