NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine looks on as spacesuit engineer Kristine Davis models a red-white-and-blue prototype for NASA’s new Exploration Extravehicular Mobility Unit; and Dustin Gohmert, project manager for Orion Crew Survival Systems, gives a wave in the Orion Crew Survival System suit. (NASA Photo / Joel Kowsky)
The fashion statement for NASA’s future moonwalkers goes beyond basic white to add some flag-worthy touches of red and blue.
But the color scheme for the “pumpkin suits” that astronauts wear during launches and landings is relatively unchanged, due to practical considerations. It turns out that the old orange, with a few blue accents added, is the new orange.
Both suit designs had their debut today at NASA Headquarters as part of the buildup to the Artemis moon program, which is due to put the first woman and the next man on the lunar surface by as early as 2024.
“We need to learn how to live and work on the surface of another world for long periods of time,” NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine told students and educators who sat in on the unveiling. “And in order to do that, friends, we need spacesuits. The Artemis Generation is now revealing its spacesuits for ...