Designing a Sexier Spacesuit

Tomorrow's astronauts will have greater range of motion, protection and even style if this spacesuit designer has her way.

NASA’s current generation spacesuit, the EMU (Extravehicular Mobility  Unit), is as awkward as its avian namesake. The suit weighs 310 pounds on Earth and needs to be inflated with gas to provide the necessary pressure (4.3 pounds per square inch) the body needs to survive in places with little or no atmosphere. Otherwise, the reduced pressure would boil the fluids in the astronaut’s body, causing them to expand as bubbles and vapors form under the skin, something even less plea...

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