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Published Time: 15.05.2024 - 15:40:26 Modified Time: 15.05.2024 - 15:40:26

Astronauts carry out trials of outfits which include heads-up displays using augmented reality for navigation JOSH VALCARCEL/NASA Nasa astronauts are testing augmented reality spacesuits in desert trials to simulate a planned return to the Moon

Astronauts carry out trials of outfits which include heads-up displays using augmented reality for navigation

: JOSH VALCARCEL/NASA

Nasa astronauts are testing augmented reality spacesuits in desert trials to simulate a planned return to the Moon.

Astronauts tested technology that could be deployed in the Artemis III missions, including heads-up displays using augmented reality – an interactive experience that enhances the real world with computer-generated information – for navigation.

The test, which will consist of four simulated moon walks, are designed to simulate operations that will be planned for a return to the moon, currently scheduled for September 2026.

The tests will inform planning for the challenges astronauts will face with lunar south pole operations, including close communications with flight control teams for rapid decision-making.

“Field tests play a critical role in helping us test all of the systems, hardware, and technology we’ll need to conduct successful lunar operations during Artemis missions”, said Barbara Janoiko, director for the field test at Johnson Space Centre.

“Our engineering and science teams have worked together seamlessly to ensure we are prepared every step of the way for when astronauts step foot on the Moon again”.

: JOSH VALCARCEL/NASA

: JOSH VALCARCEL/NASA

If successful, Artemis III would be the first time Americans have landed on the Moon in more than 50 years, and it will be the first time a woman and a person of colour will have been on the Moon.

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