#SpaceSuits #NASA #space #astronauts #Mars #LucaParmitano #ISS
US and it’s space agency NASA want to send it’s astronauts to Mars in the 2030s, however there has been no next-generation space suit technologies in development, even after spending nearly $200 million on the development program.
The White colored suits currently worn by astronauts were developed more than 40 years ago, even though the life-cycle for the suit was meant to be 15 years during it’s production. Most of the suits have been refurbished over the years and have been added with new features like glove warmers, improved helmet cameras and lights.
However, the current suits are facing new problems, like water leaking. In 2013, astronaut Luca Parmitano nearly drowned in the spacesuit because there was water leakage in the helmet he was wearing. Also, out of 18 life-support backpacks (EMU), only 11 are in working condition currently.
The inventory may not be adequate to last through the planned retirement of the ISS in 2024.
Why NASA? Why can’t you take better care of the people you are sending in space, rather than just being interested in scientific data and images.