On Thursday, May 3, Peter Homer of Southwest Harbor, ME, won $200,000 from NASA for his entry in the Astronaut Glove Challenge. Homer's glove design performed better overall than the competition in tests that rated the glove's strength, flexibility, and comfort. Homer's innovations in finger dexterity could enhance NASA's future astronaut gloves.
When performing a space walk, NASA astronauts use their hands as their primary way to move and complete tasks. After many hours of working inside the pressurized gloves, the force required by astronauts to move their fingers and wrists back and forth repeatedly results in blisters, abrasions, and damaged fingernails. New technologies would reduce discomfort and make astronauts' jobs easier and safer.
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