June 9, 2009
New spacesuits for helping astronauts in distress
The golden rule when facing any emergency is to stay calm. Easy to say! Try to stay calm when you are floating in space. Well since it is difficult to do that, astronauts have tested new Russian made suits with mini-computers in the International Space Station. The mini-computers are embedded into the life support systems of the suit and if there is a malfunction, the astronaut is notified and then given instructions on how to proceed next with the help of a LCD screen on the suits right breast pocket. If you look at it, it is a way lot easier than memorizing an entire contingency plan and trying to remember something when y our life is on a thin red line. These Orion MK suits were used on an auto-docking system and luckily there were not malfunctions.