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NASA's Space Suit Gets a Major Redesign

The past half-century has been crammed with space exploration breakthroughs and technological innovations. But for much of that time, NASA failed to adapt its astronaut suit. Largely untouched since the early 1960s, the suit was tailored to an average man's specifications despite the fact that more than 40 U.S. women have since flown on a space shuttle or spent time aboard the International Space Station. That changed late last year, when NASA put the finishing touches on a suit that would work for all body types.
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