A spacesuit to return to the moon

NASA presents the new suit for the next missions on the Moon and Mars.

Have you ever wondered how big our universe is or how it has to be to travel to another planet? Surely you have raised them while watching a movie about space such as Interstellar or Gravity.

Although most likely you have not noticed a particular detail of those films: space suits.

It has been 50 years since the first arrival of man on the Moon and with it these space apparel have evolved.

Objective: the Moon and Mars

NASA has presented its new prototypes of space suits that its premiere is scheduled for the next trip to the Moon.

xEMU is the name given to the new uniform that has similar characteristics to the outfit used in the International Space Station. This would include improvements for greater comfort, fit and mobility on the lunar satellite to give a personalized user experience of whatever size.

An element that we have to highlight in the suit is the large piece that is located at the waist. This piece called a bearing gives the astronaut a greater range of movement at the waist. It also has moving parts in the arms and legs for greater mobility.

It is worth mentioning that the US Space Agency also presented the survival system of the Orion crew, an orange flight scuba used by the Orion spacecraft for launch and return.

What are space suits made of?

A space suit has a thickness of 8 centimeters and is composed of 11 layers of materials.

These elements are mylar aluminized, which does not lose heat, neoprene coated nylon, dacron, urethane coated nylon, tricot, spandex nylon, stainless steel and Teflon among others.

To prepare these clothes, it usually takes three months on average and in terms of the price it can be close to 11 million dollars.

From Madrid to the Moon

Since traveling through space is, today, within reach of some privileged, we can immerse ourselves in the space world in the exhibition ‘From Madrid to the Moon’, which is in the Telefónica Foundation and available until February 2020.

In this exhibition we will discover the role that Spain had in the mission of Apollo 11 and the work that Telefónica played so that the first arrival of man on the Moon was a success.

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