Space provides endless opportunities for exploration, from Mars to long-term living on the moon but there are risks to such endeavors, chief among them radiation. SSERVI researchers are working with a team to redesign the Apollo-era-style space suits still worn by astronauts to make them safer, less cumbersome, and more capable. Credit: University of Notre Dame.

With NASA’s planned Artemis missions to the Moon, our nation is reigniting its curiosity with what’s beyond. But years of slowed activity has its disadvantages, one of which includes outdated equipment and the spacesuits that keep astronauts safe.

Notre Dame physics professor Jay LaVerne is working with a multi-university team to design the next generation of materials allowing astronauts to safely explore deeper in space. The project is led by SSERVI PI Thomas Orlando, chemistry professor at Georgia Tech, and also includes Stephen Robinson, a former astronaut and now a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at the University of California, Davis. The project is part of the SSERVI Radiation Effects on Volatiles and Exploration of Asteroids and Surfaces (REVEALS) team.

Professor LaVerne explains how the three universities are working together on this multi-part project…

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