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European Space Agency tests new device to rescue incapacitated astronauts on Moon
In order to verify this, NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) are turning to the deep seas.
With its natural resemblance to the surface of the moon, the ocean floor is the perfect environment for simulating lunar environments. That is why space agencies turn to the Atlantic Ocean Aquatic Submarine to conduct their tests.
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Extra-curricular activities (EVA) are suitable for astronauts that are bulky, heavy and do not allow a full range of movements.
"There is no way an astronaut could carry a fallen crew member over his shoulder while wearing an Eve suit," says Erve Stevenin, head of ESA's space training and neutral buoyancy facility operations. the goal was to collect all rescue action in the EVA's astronaut working range to provide a quick and safe rescue.
"LESA can be transported as a golf shot and placed close to the fallen astronaut to provide a lifting mechanism and a litter that is easy to maneuver." After the savior had used the device to lift his crew and attaches the stretcher to their back, they add wheels to the litter and transport them safely. "
An earlier prototype of the device was tested by the astronaut of ESA Pedro Duque and NASA. astronaut Kel Lindgren in 2017 during the mission of NASA NEEMO 22.
NEEMO 23 crew members along with two other astronauts – ESA astronaut Samantha Christopherreti and NASA astronaut Jessica Watkins – will put the next version of LESA the Aquarius test for nine days starting this week.
19659010] Christoforetti and Watkins will wear EVA gloves that are under pressure and restrain skill, and will test LESA in the EVA Space Suit Simulator.
"ESA has been participating in NASA NEEMO missions over the last eight years," says Stephen. "With our shared focus on sending astronauts to explore the lunar surface as early as 2024, joint testing through this NEEMO 23 mission paves the way for potential cooperation between NASA and ESA."