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Spacesuits not only protect astronauts from the conditions of space, they also have to be comfortable. In a CNN report, Megan Marples has told that it takes up to four hours to wear a spacesuit. He quoted Kathleen Lewis, curator of the International Space Program and spacesuits of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum, as saying that wearing a suit requires someone’s help. Astronauts have to check every part before going on a spacewalk. For this the most important thing is to be functional of the suit.
During the spacewalk, the team sitting on Earth is connected to the astronauts. According to NASA, a spacesuit consists of half a dozen parts and it can have up to 16 layers. The suite of astronauts going on the Artemis mission is named the Exploration Extravehicular Mobility Unit or xEMU. It will be first tested on the ISS. Richard Rhodes, deputy lead for xEMU pressure garment development, says its key feature is a cooling garment that will maintain the astronaut’s body temperature. Apart from this, a lot of attention has also been given to gloves this time which used to become a cause of trouble in earlier times.
Each suit comes with a portable life support system that includes a water tank for cooling garments, a carbon dioxide removal system, and more. It also has a two-way radio system. Each suit has different colored stripes from which the astronaut can be identified. Rhodes has told that in four years, NASA has spent $ 300 million to make xEMU. Rhodes says that the suit should also give astronauts comfort in working, but also protection from the moon’s environment.
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