Image: Astronaut tests SAFER backpack

December 1, 2011
Image Credit: NASA

( -- Astronaut Mark Lee tests the new backpack called Simplified Aid for EVA Rescue (SAFER), a system designed for use in the event a crew member becomes untethered while conducting an EVA.

The Lidar-In-Space Technology Experiment (LITE) is shown in the foreground.

The LITE payload employs lidar, which stands for light detection and ranging, a type of optical radar using instead of radio waves to study Earth's atmosphere.

Unprecedented views were obtained of cloud structures, storm systems, dust clouds, pollutants, forest burning, and surface reflectance.

The STS-64 mission marked the first untethered U.S. EVA in 10 years, and was launched on September 9, 1994, aboard the Space Shuttle Orbiter Discovery.

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3 / 5 (2) Dec 01, 2011
well that is great, it doesn't really tell us a lot about the backpack though?!
5 / 5 (1) Dec 01, 2011
How is this blurb from 17 years ago (nice as it is) news today?
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