We are barely 50 years into the space program and we are seriously talking about walking on Mars. We've long had the technology but noone has ventured that far forward. First probs to pop in and out of that planet's atmosphere and now we're looking at boots on the ground. First up is the new suit.
We presently utilize the EMU, the Extravehicular Mobility Unit. Its the one you see astronauts in all the time but is designed for microgravity. Now NASA is taking a hard look at new suites that allow for greater mobility. The Z-series is coming on line…why not the A-series I'm not sure…so look for it soon!
I often wonder if there was life on Mars if we'd be more cautious? We've sent probs to Venus, Earth's Moon, Mars, Jupiter, and most of the outer planets. If we knew there was life there, would we be so brazen as to throw probs at them or would we dart in and out, trying to gather data secretly?
At any rate this new suit is enough to terrify even the dead!
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