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The Lightweight Biosuit Makes Space Travel More Fashionable
Published: Jul 18, 2007 • References: web.mit.edu
Dava Newman (shown in photos), a professor of aeronautics and astronautics and engineering systems at MIT, thinks that it’s time to make our astronauts a tad more fashionable. OK, maybe that’s not what she’s thinking, but that is a side effect of her newly designed Biosuit. The suits really are skintight. This is an example of mechanical counter-pressure that contrasts markedly to the giant, almost 300 lb. suits that are currently worn. Then again, in a weightless environment, who cares how much it weighs?