Elon Musk reveals SpaceX's spacesuit in full

As SpaceX gets closer to its goal of sending astronauts into space, the private company is starting to share details on the spacesuits they'll be wearing when make the trip. Last month CEO Elon Musk teased a brief look at the suit with a photo that was cropped to only show the helmet and chest portions, but now he's taken to social media once more to share a full head-to-toe shot of the outfit.

Posted to Musk's Instagram account, the photo shows the spacesuit posed next to SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule, which will be used for transporting astronauts to and from the International Space Station for NASA. This time around the picture reveals a mostly detailed look at things like the suit's gloves, pants, and boots.

While the spacesuit looks incredibly minimal and lightweight when compared to what we're used to seeing astronauts wear, these are designed mainly for use while inside the Dragon capsule or when transferring to another vehicle. They're not for use while floating out in space or visiting the surface of the Moon or Mars.

Other details including padding and flexibility at the joints, meaning the suits likely offer plenty of mobility and range of motion; useful when trying to move around a capsule or space station. SpaceX also notes that the suits are pressurized, so they'll keep the wearer alive if there's depressurization in an emergency. Musk promises more information will be revealed in the near future.

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