Sunday, May 07, 2006

"Mars Spacesuit Prototype Trials Underway in North Dakota"

Encouraging news.

A spacesuit prototype designed for Mars exploration is bounding across the North Dakota badlands this week in a series of field tests to check its mobility and performance.

Engineers and university students are putting their North Dakota Experimental Planetary Space Suit through a series of challenges, including mock-Martian hikes, sample collections and - this Saturday - a simulated sandstorm.

They're testing a suit designed for another planet! That's exciting! I just hope they get a chance to use it for real in my lifetime.

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