NASA has yet again decided to tap into the power of the crowd in order to come up with ways to design a better and more durable space suit.
The world's leading space agency is asking contest entrants to create a test that is capable of simulating the level of fiber degradation that is associated with exposure to the lunar atmosphere. The results will have to detail all damage -- including cuts, tears and color changes -- to the materials, and will also have to spell out the size and volume of particles that will be able to infiltrate the garment.
Space suits go through a lot of abrasion and wear-and-tear over the course of a space mission, so with NASA's eyes trained on a mission to Mars, it has become necessary to come up with next-generation space suits. What better way to do it than to make use of the brain power available on our own planet?