NASA Astronauts Test Spacesuits in Central Oregon for next Moon Mission


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NASA researchers, engineers and astronauts were in Central Oregon last month testing new spacesuit technology for the next trip to the moon where they plan to land a woman and person of color on the moon by the end of the decade. But, they’ll be landing in more rugged territory than before, the lunar South Pole. Sixty years ago they tested space suits in Oregon for the Apollo mission, and this time went to some of the same lava beds in Central Oregon, but they also added a few new locations like the Pumice Slope at Crater Lake National Park, the Painted Hills, and Skylight Cave near Sisters. Can you imagine seeing astronauts climbing around on the stuff you went to see on your family vacation in Central Oregon?

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