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posted 11-15-2012 08:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for princetontiger   Click Here to Email princetontiger     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Can an Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) suit be used to walk on lunar surfaces?

I know the A7L and A7LB can be used, since they were used in Apollo.

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posted 11-15-2012 12:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kr4mula   Click Here to Email kr4mula     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The shuttle EMU has very limited mobility in the legs since (ironic, given the term) spacewalking actually requires very little walking, unlike being on the moon. Plus it wasn't designed for the lunar dust or thermal environment.

But in theory, the EMU is self contained and could be used on the moon, just not very well at all.

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posted 11-15-2012 12:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ilbasso   Click Here to Email ilbasso     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I imagine we'll see something similar to SAFER when we begin exploring asteroids. The gravity field is so low that astronauts will need some something to keep their feet on the surface or keep them from floating farther than they intend to if they jump.

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