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Why NASA is running out of spacesuits

The agency is “years away” from building a replacement
NASA's running out of its old suits, and its new ones might be lost in space.
Source: NASA
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NASA's running out of its old suits, and its new ones might be lost in space.

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Today’s spacesuits are designed to work well while astronauts float around outside the International Space Station. But they’re not quite right for walking around on the moon or Mars—they’re too heavy and don’t provide enough flexibility in the hips and knees. That’s why NASA is investing in a next-generation spacesuit for exploring deep space.

However, the space agency may soon find itself up s*** creek without a pressure suit. A new report from the Office of Inspector General (OIG) says NASA is

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