space suitsThe NDX-1 space suit, designed by De Leon, endured frigid temperatures and winds of more than 47 mph (75 km/h) as researchers tried out techniques for collecting soil samples on Mars.

The $100,000 prototype suit, created with NASA funds, is made out of more than 350 materials, including tough honeycomb Kevlar and carbon fibers to reduce its weight without losing resistance.

space suitsArgentine aerospace engineer Pablo de Leon, a NASA team member, collects samples as he tests a space suit designed for possible use in Mars at Argentina’s Marambio base in Antarctica on March 13th.