What could the next space suit look like?

NASA wants to send astronauts back to the moon, to Mars, and beyond. But their existing space suits are too bulky and from the 1970s. Dava Newman is a former NASA Deputy Administrator, and she and her team at MIT have come up with a relatively lightweight, custom fit “Bio-Suit.”

Credits

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Sarah Sweeney, Michell Eloy, Amy Ta, Christian Bordal, Quinn O'Toole, Yael Even Or

2008 Silver BioSuit™ Mock-up. Credit: Professor Dava Newman, MIT: Inventor, Science and Engineering Guillermo Trotti, A.I.A., Trotti and Associates, Inc. (Cambridge, MA): Design Dainese (Vincenca, Italy): Fabrication Douglas Sonders: Photography.