NASA is set to reveal a prototype of the cutting-edge spacesuit that astronauts will don when they land on the moon during the eagerly awaited Artemis III mission, currently scheduled for 2025.
The innovative equipment will be showcased to the public on Wednesday morning at a special event organized by NASA and Axiom Space, the Texas-based company that designed the spacesuit.
The event will offer a first glimpse at the novel moonwalking system, a suit demonstration, comments from NASA and Axiom Space representatives, and a Q&A session with media and students.
Following the triumphant test flight of NASA’s new Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft as part of the Artemis I mission last year, the Artemis program has gained considerable momentum.
Artemis II, planned for November of next year, will take four astronauts on the same trajectory as the uncrewed Artemis I mission, bringing them within 80 miles of the lunar surface before returning to Earth.
The Artemis III mission will witness the first woman and first person of color setting foot on the moon, wearing a version of the spacesuits being unveiled today.
New spacesuits enabling humans to explore the lunar surface expand our capacity for human space exploration. Under Artemis, new exploration spacesuits and other human surface mobility systems, the Space Launch System rocket, the Orion Spacecraft, ground systems, Gateway, and human landing systems will allow NASA to bring humans back to the moon and establish a long-term presence for scientific discovery.NASA
The organization added, “This experience readies us for the next monumental step: sending astronauts to Mars.”
How to watch
NASA and Axiom Space will disclose the next-generation space suit at a unique event at the Space Center Houston facility in Texas. The event will commence at 10:30 a.m. ET (9:30 a.m. CT) on Wednesday, March 15. A live stream of the event can be accessed on the video player embedded at the top of this page or via NASA’s YouTube channel.