Self-cleaning spacesuits could help astronauts cope with Martian dust

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    Self-cleaning spacesuits could help astronauts cope with Martian dust
    Person wearing spacesuit

    Dust poses a problem for astronauts

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    By Joshua Rapp Learn

    Astronauts of the future may not need to dust off their spacesuits. Engineers at Boeing are designing self-cleaning versions based on carbon nanotube technology.

    “Spacesuits are one of the first things that come to your mind when you think about human space exploration,” says Kavya Manyapu, a Flight Crew Operations and Test Engineer for Starliner Spacecraft at Boeing. But existing spacesuits are not ideally suited for working on the surface of the moon or Mars.

    Dust was a big problem for astronauts on the various NASA Apollo missions. …

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