Jet Packs on the Moon!

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The Apollo lunar surface missions had limitations, specifically, consumables like oxygen and power. The lunar module could only support two men on the surface for as long as the mission dictated. The astronauts’ spacesuits, more properly their Portable Life Support System backpacks, could only keep them alive for a few hours at a time. Each EVA was therefore planned to maximize the use of those consumables, and once the power and oxygen levels were…

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Amy Shira Teitel

Historian and author of Fighting for Space (February 2020) from Grand Central Publishing. Also public speaker, TV personality, and YouTuber. [The Vintage Space]