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Modified 'Pumpkin Suit' Being Tested By NASA For Asteroid Mission Spacewalks
2013-12-13 12:32:12

[ Watch The Video: Spacewalk and Suit Testing in the Neutral Buoyancy Lab ] NASA NASA is taking steps to make spacewalking on an asteroid a reality. In the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) near the agency's Johnson Space Center in Houston, engineers are testing a modified version of the pumpkin-orange Advanced Crew Escape System (ACES) worn by space shuttle astronauts during launch and reentry for use by future crew in the Orion spacecraft. As the agency plans human deep space...

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2008-06-02 09:55:00

The technical marvel that is the space shuttle system does not stop with the spacecraft. The spacesuits the astronauts wear during launch and landing are examples of high-tech clothing designed to hold communications equipment, oxygen tanks, parachutes and enough water for a day. All while keeping the wearer cool. You won't see a bulky pressure suit weighing 91 pounds and painted orange on the fashion runways of Paris, but they are an essential element of any astronaut's wardrobe. No one...

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2008-01-27 09:10:00

While teams of engineers for NASA and its contractors are drawing up plans for a future moon base, other scientists are developing a new wardrobe for spacewalking astronauts -- the first change of garb for the outer space set in three decades. The puffy, white 300-pound spacesuits now worn by American astronauts when they venture into space to assemble additions to the international space station or to overhaul the Hubble Telescope won't work when it comes to romping around the lunar...


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vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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