• Question: Have you ever been in a space suit before?

    Asked by 772tch48 to Vinita, Kirsty, Col Op, Charlie 🚀, Andrea on 22 Jun 2016.
    • Photo: Charles Laing

      Charles Laing answered on 22 Jun 2016:

      Hi 772tch48,

      No but I would love the chance! They are so expensive – not sure if they will have a spare one lying around for me…

      Charlie 🚀

    • Photo: Columbus Operations

      Columbus Operations answered on 22 Jun 2016:


      I am the one on the left!

      I am wearing the “Aouda”, which is a space suit simulator design for Mars. It is helping us understand many of the things we need to know before we can actually use a space suit on Mars. I have to say, it’s a truly unique feeling to wear the Aouda and to perform all sorts of experiments with it. 🙂

    • Photo: Kirsty Lindsay

      Kirsty Lindsay answered on 22 Jun 2016:

      I’m like Charlie- I’ve never worn one but i’d jump at the chance too!

      EVA (outside) suits are quite heavy, as well as being expensive, so you’re not really allowed to play with them.

    • Photo: Andrea Boyd

      Andrea Boyd answered on 23 Jun 2016:

      I’ve been in a Chinese spacesuit and a Russian spacesuit and an Australian flightsuit. They are not all that comfortable…! And they take forever to don and doff.

      Joao is an analogue astronaut for Mars exploration training – he has the most experience of anyone in a closed loop spacesuit!