The Mission to the Moon without a suit, Elok mosk to the rescue.

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The Mission to the Moon without a suit, Elok mosk to the rescue.



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NASA's Artemis program aims to return humans to the moon in 2024, but the "pandemic" and various problems are putting that date in jeopardy due to the accumulation of delays.


The last difficulty arose from something that at first should seem the easiest for NASA, is the issue of spacesuits, because according to a recent report the suits that astronauts would have to wear on the moon will not be ready at least until the year 2025.



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How is it possible, if nasa already had suits in the 60s, which were very effective and in any case, they could adapt those that are currently used by the space station and international when astronauts go abroad, as it is possible that they do not have now spacesuits to go to the moon, because what happened is that in 2007, someone had the happy occurrence that instead of adapting what they already had, the best thing was to create a new spacesuit, and at first it did not seem a bad idea but things got complicated.



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In October 2019 NASA managed to present the prototype xEMU suit for the new Extra Vehicular Exploration Mobility Unit and also the piloting suit of the Orion spacecraft that the image is the orange one, this piloting suit serves us to go into space, much less to walk on the moon, fulfills the mission of keeping astronauts alive in the event of an air leak in the spacecraft or a small fire or other accident that may take place when they are inside the spacecraft .


The xEMU has great improvements in terms of communications and although it may not seem like it, it turns out that it is more flexible, comfortable and allows astronauts to make more movements, more than they could do with the apollo program suits, although at this point and for To be fair, it must be remembered that the suits of the Apollo missions fulfilled their objectives, they allowed to move, manipulate equipment, extract soil samples, drive vehicles and even play golf, something that he did to Alan Shepard in 1971.



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After the presentation of October 2019 and although they were prototypes, everyone thought that the issue of the suits had already been solved, but almost two years have passed and now it is reported that no, that there is still fabric to cut, never better said, Since the start of the project 14 years ago, 420 million dollars have been spent plus another 625 million planned and the suits will not be finished in time for the scheduled date, given this scenario and as if they had turned on the focus of the signal or someone had pronounced his name three times in front of a mirror appeared and most with a message on twitter with his minimalist western cowboy style, saying that “spacex could do it, if necessary”.



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One issue needs to be clarified, due to some photos that have been released, SpaceX does not currently have spacesuits, what we see are piloting suits similar to the suits of the Orion spacecraft, so if SpaceX intends to create a lunar suit He would have to start from the basics and achieve in three years what the companies hired by NASA have not achieved in 14, quite a challenge but Elon Musk will be able to achieve it.





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