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Next-Generation Space Suits

Today's suits are notoriously bulky. MIT's Dava Newman is out to change that with a radical, and sleek, new design.
Publish Date: Topic: Space + FlightSpace & Flight

Today's space suits are mini spaceships, cumbersome oxygen-filled balloons that provide life-saving air pressure but that are notoriously difficult to move and work in. MIT's Dava Newman wants to design a space suit for future Mars explorers that's more like that worn by Captain Kirk than by Neil Armstrong—form-fitting and mobile. But protecting our cells from the vacuum of space is a lot harder than you might think.

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