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Future NASA moonwalkers to sport sleeker spacesuits

Future NASA moonwalkers to sport sleeker spacesuits
Axiom Space chief engineer Jim Stein demonstrates a prototype spacesuit, Wednesday, March 15, 2023, in Houston. NASA selected Axiom Space to design the spacesuits that its moonwalking astronauts will wear when they step onto the lunar surface later this decade. Credit: AP Photo/David J. Phillip

Moonwalking astronauts will have sleeker, more flexible spacesuits that come in different sizes when they step onto the lunar surface later this decade.

Exactly what that looks like remained under wraps. The designing the next-generation spacesuits, Axiom Space, said Wednesday that it plans to have new versions for training purposes for NASA later this summer.

The moonsuits will be white like they were during NASA's Apollo program more than a half-century ago, according to the company. That's so they can reflect heat and keep future moonwalkers cool.

The suits will provide greater flexibility and more protection from the moon's harsh environment, and will come in a wider range of sizes, according to the Houston-based company.

NASA awarded Axiom Space a $228.5 million contract to provide the outfits for the in more than 50 years. The is targeting late 2025 at the earliest to land two astronauts on the moon's south pole.

  • Future NASA moonwalkers to sport sleeker spacesuits
    Axiom Space chief engineer Jim Stein, left, demonstrates a prototype spacesuit as astronaut Peggy Whitson, right, talks about the new suit, Wednesday, March 15, 2023, in Houston. NASA selected Axiom Space to design the spacesuits that its moonwalking astronauts will wear when they step onto the lunar surface later this decade. Credit: AP Photo/David J. Phillip
  • Future NASA moonwalkers to sport sleeker spacesuits
    Axiom Space chief engineer Jim Stein demonstrates a prototype spacesuit, Wednesday, March 15, 2023, in Houston. NASA selected Axiom Space to design the spacesuits that its moonwalking astronauts will wear when they step onto the lunar surface later this decade. Credit: AP Photo/David J. Phillip
  • Future NASA moonwalkers to sport sleeker spacesuits
    Axiom Space chief engineer Jim Stein demonstrates a prototype spacesuit, Wednesday, March 15, 2023, in Houston. NASA selected Axiom Space to design the spacesuits that its moonwalking astronauts will wear when they step onto the lunar surface later this decade. Credit: AP Photo/David J. Phillip
  • Future NASA moonwalkers to sport sleeker spacesuits
    Axiom Space chief engineer Jim Stein, left, greets children during a demonstration Wednesday, March 15, 2023, in Houston. NASA selected Axiom Space to design the spacesuits that its moonwalking astronauts will wear when they step onto the lunar surface later this decade. Credit: AP Photo/David J. Phillip
  • Future NASA moonwalkers to sport sleeker spacesuits
    Axiom Space chief engineer Jim Stein demonstrates a prototype spacesuit, Wednesday, March 15, 2023, in Houston. NASA selected Axiom Space to design the spacesuits that its moonwalking astronauts will wear when they step onto the lunar surface later this decade. Credit: AP Photo/David J. Phillip
  • Future NASA moonwalkers to sport sleeker spacesuits
    Axiom Space chief engineer Jim Stein demonstrates a prototype spacesuit, Wednesday, March 15, 2023, in Houston. NASA selected Axiom Space to design the spacesuits that its moonwalking astronauts will wear when they step onto the lunar surface later this decade. Credit: AP Photo/David J. Phillip
  • Future NASA moonwalkers to sport sleeker spacesuits
    Axiom Space chief engineer Jim Stein demonstrates a prototype spacesuit, Wednesday, March 15, 2023, in Houston. NASA selected Axiom Space to design the spacesuits that its moonwalking astronauts will wear when they step onto the lunar surface later this decade. Credit: AP Photo/David J. Phillip

At Wednesday's event in Houston, an Axiom employee modeled a dark spacesuit, doing squats and twisting at the waist to demonstrate its flexibility. The company said the final version will be different, including the color.

"I didn't want anybody to get that mixed up," said Axiom's Russell Ralston.

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