A close-up view of an astronaut’s bootprint in the lunar soil, photographed with a 70mm lunar surface camera during the Apollo 11 extravehicular activity (EVA) on the moon. While astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, commander, and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., lunar module pilot, descended in the Lunar Module (LM) “Eagle” to explore the Sea of Tranquility region of the moon, astronaut Michael Collins, command module pilot, remained with the Command and Service Modules (CSM) “Columbia” in lunar orbit. Credits: NASA
A spacesuit prototype of what NASA astronauts, including the first woman, plan to wear on the surface of the Moon during the agency’s Artemis III mission, is set for reveal during a televised event hosted by Axiom Space beginning at 10:30 a.m. EDT (9:30 a.m. CDT) Wednesday, March 15, from Space Center Houston in Texas.
The event will air live on NASA Television, the NASA app, and the agency’s website.
NASA selected Axiom Space to deliver a moonwalking system to land the first astronauts near the lunar South Pole. Planned during the reveal activities are remarks from NASA and Axiom Space experts, a suit demonstration, as well as question-and-answer sessions with media and students.
Participants will include:
- Bob Cabana, associate administrator, NASA
- Vanessa Wyche, center director, NASA Johnson Space Center
- Lara Kearney, manager, Extravehicular Activity and Human Surface Mobility Program, NASA Johnson
- Kate Rubins, NASA astronaut
- Michael Suffredini, president and CEO, Axiom Space
- Mark Greeley, program manager for Extravehicular Activity, Axiom Space
- Russell Ralston, deputy program manager for Extravehicular Activity, Axiom Space
- Peggy Whitson, Axiom-2 commander, Axiom Space
- John Shoffner, Axiom-2 pilot, Axiom Space
The full event schedule is as follows (all times CDT):
- 9 a.m.: In-person media one-on-one interviews with NASA and Axiom Space officials
- 9:30 a.m.: Remarks and suit demonstration on NASA TV
- 10:15 a.m.: Student question-and-answer session
- 10:40 a.m.: Media question-and-answer session
- 11:00 a.m.: Event concludes
U.S. media interested in participating in person or by phone, or obtaining a media kit, must contact Axiom Space no later than 12 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, March 14, by emailing [email protected].
In this new approach to working with commercial partners, NASA is enabling a growing space economy that leverages industry capabilities and NASA’s expertise to provide spacewalk and moonwalk services as safely, effectively, and efficiently as possible.
New spacesuits that allow humans to explore the lunar surface advance our capability for human exploration in space. 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 enable NASA to return humans to the Moon and establish a long-term presence there for scientific discovery. This experience prepares us for the next giant leap: sending astronauts to Mars.
For more information about Artemis, visit: https://www.nasa.gov/artemis
Vanessa Lloyd / Kathryn Hambleton
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Johnson Space Center, Houston
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