People that get to do the same thing for a living as they did when they were a child are lucky. The ones that get to do it while wearing a space suit, too? They just make me jealous.
All the best-dressed explorers wore glittery spacesuits more suitable to the Silver Surfer than somber NASA astronauts in the early days of the Space Age. These are the helmets, gloves, and boots for the Mercury Seven astronauts.
1962: This isn’t a demented experiment from some wacky fictional mad scientist. Instead, it’s actual serious research by NASA that led to pressurized spacesuits.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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…