astronauts

Fish Scales Inspire Flexible, Bulletproof Armor for Soldiers, Astronauts

Photo by Shutterstock Bulletproof materials are often rigid and bulky – think how stuffy bulletproof vests must be, but a new material inspired by the fluidity and toughness of…

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NASA's "ForceShoe" Helps Astronauts Maintain Bone, Muscle Health

Let’s first agree that there is no need to worry about fashion while you’re in space. With that said, NASA has come up with a pair of high-tech, but ugly sandals that can…

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Help Design NASA's Next-Generation "Z-2" Space Suit

INFINITY AND BEYOND The Z-2 marks several milestones for NASA, which collaborated with space-suit-maker ILC Dover on the prototype. It’s the first surface-specific planetary…

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"Spacetex" Project Experiments With Clothing Physiology in Space

Alexander Gerst is about to have a very busy six months. When the German astronaut docks at the International Space Station later this month, he’ll be responsible for nearly 40…

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Giant Astronaut Suit Hosts Fashion Show Inspired by Soviet Space Program

This amazing installation is a giant replica of a space suit, the garment worn by the first woman in space, the Russian cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova. Mother Earth Sister Moon is the…

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NASA's "Iron Man" Robotic Suit Could Help Paraplegics Walk

For paraplegics looking to gain mobility, NASA’s X1 robotic exoskeleton could be a real-life superhero suit. Designed to help astronauts maintain muscle health in space, the…

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Build Your Own Working Space Suit With Parts From eBay, Hardware Store

Photos by José Mandojana for Wired Like most kids, Cameron M. Smith dreamed of traveling among the stars. Unlike his peers, however, the now-45-year-old Portland State University…

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Tom Sachs, Nike Transform Mars Rover Air Bags, Astronaut Suits Into Space-Inspired Sportswear

ABOVE AND BEYOND The joint venture, dubbed NikeCraft, launches on the eve of Sach’s Space Program: Mars, an installation that will recast the 55,000-square-foot Wade Thompson…

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New Skintight Astronaut Suit Could Reduce Bone Loss in Space

Space travel is about to get a whole lot sexier! Researchers at MIT are working on a prototype for a skintight bodysuit that will help astronauts mitigate bone loss while outside…

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