NASA selected Axiom Space to develop the modern suits for the Artemis III mission and participated in activities during an event at Space Center Houston in Texas.
The new AxEMU is a one-piece suit with a ‘hatch’ on the back, allowing the astronauts to step into the suit from behind.
Though this prototype uses a dark gray cover material, the final version will likely be all-white when worn by NASA astronauts on the Moon’s surface, to help keep the astronauts safe and cool while working in the harsh environment of space.
Axiom Space hosted the event for students and media to ask questions and get a close-up look at the spacesuit.
NASA Administrator Bill Nelson, said:
“NASA’s partnership with Axiom is critical to landing astronauts on the Moon and continuing American leadership in space. Building on NASA’s years of research and expertise, Axiom’s next-generation spacesuits will not only enable the first woman to walk on the Moon, but they will also open opportunities for more people to explore and conduct science on the Moon than ever before. Our partnership is investing in America, supporting America’s workers, and demonstrating another example of America’s technical ingenuity that will position NASA and the commercial space sector to compete – and win – in the 21st century.”