“Lightweight, breathable fabric. Slim gloves with fingers that can manipulate touch screens. Sneaker-like boots, and a hoodie for a helmet. And plenty of Velcro….
The “get us home suit,” as Ferguson called it, couldn’t be used for a spacewalk. It’s intended to provide air and cooling to keep astronauts safe during launch and landings back on land, and during emergencies, like if a micrometeoroid strike caused a loss of cabin pressure.
“Space is an unforgiving and hazardous environment,” said Ferguson. “What the space suit does is create an artificial environment for them to survive until they can get safely back to land.””