Why NASA Put This Spacesuit Through a CT Scanner 

Last year, Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano nearly drowned in his own fluids during a harrowing spacewalk-gone-wrong. Now, NASA has teamed with the Houston Methodist Hospital's research institute to make sure that such a thing never happens again—using a CT scanner. » 12/09/14 5:50pm 12/09/14 5:50pm

How to Put on a Space Suit

If you think wriggling into your cycling lycra or trussing yourself up in a tux is tricky, think again. Donning an astronaut's space suit is no mean feat—as this video shows. » 7/04/13 6:30pm 7/04/13 6:30pm

Antarctica Is Fake Mars

Sending humans to Mars is going to cost gazillion dollars and take a long, long time—but when it does happen, we want to be prepared. How? Go to Antarctica in spacesuits and pretend it's Mars. » 3/23/11 10:40am 3/23/11 10:40am

A Failed Prototype: The Hamster Ball Spacesuit

Space suits are insanely cool. Except this one. This prototype hamster ball suit was designed by engineers at John Hopkins and actually presented to NASA in 1964. The engineers claimed astronauts would be more mobile with this thing on. » 1/22/11 3:00pm 1/22/11 3:00pm

The Moon Spacesuit Under X-Rays

This is an X-ray of the suit that Alan Shepard wore on the Moon in February 5, 1971, during the Apollo 14 mission spacewalks on the Fra Mauro formation. Nothing in the suit is superfluous. » 12/21/10 6:34am 12/21/10 6:34am

Superhero-Style Spacesuits Could Provide Vital Compression For…

This new Spiderman-style spacesuit may not win astronauts a spot in the fashion hall of fame, but it could help keep their bones intact during long spaceflights. » 10/30/10 7:30pm 10/30/10 7:30pm

New Spacesuit Design is One-Size-Shrinks-to-Fit-All

My dream of being a spacegirl faded when I learned that those suits take ages to put on. But thanks to this new pneumatic muscle-powered, shrink-to-fit spacesuit which can be put on in seconds, I can dream again. » 12/02/09 2:20am 12/02/09 2:20am

NASA's Next-Gen Space Duds: The Constellation Space Suit System

The Constellation Space Suit System (CSSS) is NASA's first major redesign to the iconic space suit in 40 years, and it looks like it's designed to be able to handle the next 40. » 5/07/09 2:20am 5/07/09 2:20am

Heated Sleep Suit Uses Same Technology as Spacesuits, for Insomniacs,…

Dutch researchers have come up with a heated sleep suit that could help insomniacs and older people who suffer from disturbed sleeping patterns. A system of micropipes filled with water warms the patient, increasing their body temperature by just 0.4 degrees Celsius. At 35.4ºC, the body shifts from nocturnal… » 2/29/08 8:27am 2/29/08 8:27am

Revolutionary Biosuit Could Be the New Face of Space Wear

A professor of aeronautics and astronautics and engineering systems at MIT has come up with a revolutionary new space suit that she hopes will take the place of the traditional, bulky number worn by astronauts over the past four decades. Although still only a prototype, Dava Newman's spandex and nylon Biosuit will… » 7/17/07 5:37am 7/17/07 5:37am