NASA Mission to the Moon: Check Out the New Space Suit Artemis Astronauts Will Wear
After more than 50 years of lull, the Moon is about to become a destination for space travelers again.
The public will soon know the names of the four astronauts who will travel around the moon next year aboard the Artemis II rocket. Three Americans and one Canadian, announced by NASA on April 3, will fly farther than any of the people who travel on the Apollo missions.
The selection process remains secret, but the composition of astronauts is much more diverse than a few decades ago.
As mentioned in Tom Wolfe’s 1979 book on the space race, each crew member must personify the “right thing” by demonstrating the traits of a good teammate and effective communicator who expects the unexpected.
And when Artemis III astronauts take it one step further by landing on the moon, possibly as early as 2025, they’ll need something else: the right suit.
NASA and Axiom Space unveiled a new spacesuit this week that will be worn by the first woman and first person of color to walk on the moon.
The Artemis III crew will aim to land on the moon’s unexplored south pole, home to cold, permanently shadowed regions where ice has remained frozen for billions of years.
The updated suit provides a greater range of motion and includes boots with additional insulation and other innovations that should make it easier to explore the lunar surface. And it’s about time – the suits of American astronauts have not been updated since the Space Shuttle program was active.
The unveiled prototype of the new Axiom Space design comes in black, blue and orange. However, the actual suits will be the traditional white color of the Apollo days to protect the astronauts from sudden changes in temperature.
Dinosaurs were among the largest creatures that roamed the earth. Now researchers have discovered one that has broken giant records.
A dinosaur named Mamenchisaurus sinocanadorum once liked to chew on tree leaves, which it could easily reach because the creature had a massive neck longer than a school bus.
The sauropod’s 49.5-foot (15.1 meter) neck, the longest of any known dinosaur, allowed it to stand still and chew for hours.
But how did Mamenchisaurus manage to not feel weighed down by such an extreme feature? The secret was in his air-filled bones.
In Japan, a stunning species of orchid has recently been discovered blooming in rural gardens and suburban balcony plantations.
A rare find with delicate pink-white flowers that seem to be made of glass, belongs to a group of orchids called spirantas, or “women’s braids”.
Scientists were able to distinguish this orchid from other members of its family because the flowers bloomed earlier and the plant has smooth stems rather than hairy ones.
When a NASA mission scientist was recently reviewing images of Venus taken in 1991 by the Magellan spacecraft, he noticed something unusual. Two photographs of the same object, taken a few months apart, seemed completely different.
Eight months after the first passage of Magellan, the mouth of one of the largest volcanoes on the planet almost doubled in size and filled with a lava lake.
This change reveals never-before-seen evidence of volcanic activity on the surface of Venus, which future missions could track for a decade.
Meanwhile, searches for water on Mars have revealed signs of a recent glacier that existed near the red planet’s warm equator.
The glacier is no more. But the researchers found a hard layer of salt that preserved the amazing details of a block of ice, and it is right in the place where humans could eventually land on Mars.
Secrets of the ocean
“Beware of the Drop, it crawls / And jumps and slides and slides / Across the floor!”
These dramatic lyrics are taken from the theme song of the 1958 film The Drop, but they also serve as a warning that a giant mass is moving across the ocean. In the Atlantic Ocean, a tangled ball of sargasso algae has formed more than 8047 kilometers long.
A floating blob, which could be the largest on record, could be dumping stinky kelp clumps onto Florida beaches and other locations along the Gulf of Mexico this summer.
An unprecedented phenomenon could pose a serious danger to both people and life in the ocean.
A mass of seaweed is a great habitat for fish and other sea creatures, but it can also create dead zones and even release toxic gas when it hits land.
Get ready for your brain to explode:
– It can be scarier than a drop. Scientists have discovered ‘terrifying’ rocks made from plastic debris on the volcanic island of Trindade in Brazil.
– The remains of a Roman aristocrat were found buried along with her jewels in a lead-lined coffin after archaeologists discovered a hidden cemetery in northern England.
– The James Webb Space Telescope has captured a brilliant new image of a rare star about to explode.
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