New spacesuits will allow humans to live on the Moon ‘long-term’, NASA says
NASA's top scientists are set to launch a new spacesuit which could allow humans to establish a “long term” presence on the Moon.
The suits are set to be worn as part of its Artemis III mission where crewed lunar landing will take place featuring the first woman to land on the planet.
The mission, the first of its kind for more than 50 years, is set to take place in 2025 and will see the crew spend around a week on the Moon.
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This is longer than any other mission to the mysterious planet in our solar system.
To make this possible, the Artemis Moon mission requires special space suits set to be revealed officially next week (Wednesday, March 15).
And in a statement ahead of the release, NASA has hinted that the suits could be set to give humans a way to live on the Moon for longer than ever previously thought possible.
A spokesman said: “With Artemis missions, NASA will land the first woman and first person of colour on the Moon, using innovative technologies to explore more of the lunar surface than ever before.
“New spacesuits that allow humans to explore the lunar surface advance our capability for human exploration in space.
“Under Artemis, new exploration spacesuits and other human surface mobility systems, the Space Launch System rocket, the Orion Spacecraft, ground systems, Gateway, and human landing systems, will enable NASA to return humans to the Moon and establish a long-term presence there for scientific discovery.”
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The mission was first announced in 2019, and was originally scheduled for 2024 but has now been pencilled in for 2025.
The spacesuits will not be ready until April 2025, according to United States' Office of Inspector General's audit report released at the end of 2021.
The crew has not yet been publicly named, however it has been confirmed that it will be made up of four astronauts including one female.
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