space suits

Help the Smithsonian Save Neil Armstrong's Moon-Landing Space Suit

REBOOT THE SUIT One of the most fragile items in the museum’s collection, Armstrong’s suit was made to preserve human life in the harshness of space, albeit for a very short…

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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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Could These "Wearable Biospheres" Help Us Survive on Alien Planets?

Photos by Yoram Reshef If we’re ever going to make it in space exploration to distant planets like Jupiter let alone outside of our solar system, we’re going to need some…

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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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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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