Lab Spotlight

NDX-1 Spacesuit


University of North Dakota graduate researcher Travis Nelson, wearing an NDX-1 spacesuit, practices scooping up objects and placing them into containers inside the SwampWorks regolith bin at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The university team is analyzing the prototype suit’s ability to protect astronauts while allowing them the flexibility to dig samples and perform other tasks in regolith, a fine, powdery soil similar to that found on Mars. 

Kennedy Space Center’s Swamp Works is a hands-on, lean development environment for innovation.  The Swamp Works establishes rapid, innovative, and cost-effective exploration mission solutions through a highly collaborative “no-walls” approach, leveraging partnerships across NASA, industry, and academia.


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