Ashland resident works on NASA’s next space suit


The next generation of spacesuits for NASA’s next Artemis mission will use cutting-edge technology to get astronauts back to the moon safely and an Ashland resident is on the team.

Stephanie Johnston, engineer for NASA’s new spacesuit, the Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU), worked to improve the sustainability of the safety, life-sustaining and mobility of astronauts for the return from NASA on the lunar surface.

“If you go back and watch some of the videos, you will see [astronauts] fall off a bit because their costumes weren’t very movable, ”said Johnston, a native of Lombard, Illinois. “And so, we’ve been trying to improve this for a while now, so they can walk a bit. more gracefully on the lunar surface.

Apollo-era space suits could only protect astronauts for a few hours outside the lunar module, but the new suit will have the ability to protect the crew for eight hours at a time, providing them with more time to work and explore.

The pressurized suit will have the same multi-layered design as the International Space Station suits, but it will have mobility enhancements and advanced dust tolerance features to prevent inhalation.

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