Aerospace & Defense
Asteroid Redirect Mission: Spacewalk and Suit Testing in NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Lab
NASA is looking at a broad range of ideas and techniques as the agency further refines its mission to find and redirect an asteroid to a stable orbit near the moon for exploration by astronauts. In the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory near NASA's Johnson Space Center, engineers are testing a modified version of the pumpkin-orange Advanced Crew Escape System (ACES) suit worn by space shuttle astronauts during launch and reentry for use by future crew in the Orion spacecraft. The white Extravehicular Mobility Unit spacesuits used by crews to conducts spacewalks on the International Space Station are too bulky to carry in the spacecraft, so NASA is looking at ways to alter the ACES suits for multiple uses both inside and outside the spacecraft.