Spacesuits are not only a classic icon of human space exploration, but they are also a personalized spaceship that mimics all of the protections from the harsh environment of space and the basic resources that Earth and its atmosphere provide.


At NASA Headquarters on Oct. 15, 2019, Administrator Jim Bridenstine introduced the Exploration Extravehicular Mobility Unit (xEMU) and Orion Crew Survival System suit which will be will be worn by the first woman and next man as they explore the Moon as part of the #Artemis program.

An infographic showing new and updated features of NASA’s new xEMU spacesuit

While some parts may not have changed much since the old days, others are getting major improvements. First and foremost, both for safety and mission purposes, maneuverability has been upgraded in a lot of ways.