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Statement Sheet For The Academic Year 2011-2012

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'Second skin' spacesuits to ease astronauts' life

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are developing an active "second-skin" spacesuit for future astronauts that incorporates small, spring-like coils that contract in response to heat. These spacesuits will give astronauts the much-needed mobility and flexibility in the space environment. The coils are made from a shape-memory alloy (SMA), a kind of material that "remembers" an engineered shape and, when bent or deformed, can spring back to this shape when heated. "With conventional spacesuits, you are essentially in a balloon of gas that is providing you with the necessary one-third of an atmosphere (of pressure,) to keep you ... Read More

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