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NASA develops lighter & flexible space suits
Dec '12
courtesy: Huffington Post
courtesy: Huffington Post
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has developed a new lightweight flexible space suit, infused with oxygen supplying and carbon dioxide removing mechanisms, for its future advanced space missions.
The technologically-equipped one-piece suit named ‘Z-1 Prototype Spacesuit and Portable Life Support System ( PLSS) 2.0’ is specially designed to protect the astronaut from extreme temperatures, which might prove beneficial in NASA’s future trips to Mars.
Equipped with a rear-entry hatch, the new suit would allow the astronaut to crawl in through it comfortably and once the astronaut is inside then the hatch can be closed easily. 
The suit also features shoulder joints for increased manoeuvrability and a larger bubble helmet which will offer the astronaut a better and bigger view.
Additionally, the suit’s back has a life support pack, which would enable the astronaut to attach himself to the spacecraft.
Coated with layers of urethane, nylon and polyester, the suit is equipped to maintain pressure and allows flexibility of limbs and torso.
The suit is packed with a water membrane evaporation cooler, which works in the same method as sweating and hence can cool off the outfit quickly.  
After conducting a series of efficiency tests, NASA might start using the new suit by 2015.
Designed in 1992, the current version of trousers-top-helmet space suits, which are heavier and offers restrictive movements, were made for crew at the space shuttle fleet and the International Space Station (ISS).

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