February 3, 2014

The spacesuit inspired by medieval armor, made for walking on Mars

Posted by tourdemars to Humans To Mars at February 3, 2014 1:29 PM

It takes Dr Gernot Groomer three hours to put on the spacesuit he hopes will, one day, walk across the surface of Mars. It's worth taking time when you're wearing a suit made from roughly 10,000 parts, designed for the most treacherous environment yet to be encountered by a human being. Groomer is the Austrian astrobiologist responsible for building a spacesuit for the Mars explorers of tomorrow -- and he's taking inspiration from armor worn by medieval knights. He explains that -- after the titanic effort required to get there -- simply surviving on the red planet will be a grueling battle.
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