Space-Walking in Rocket Shoes

Amy Shira Teitel
8 min readAug 6, 2021

You know that scene at the end of the Martian where Matt Damon pokes a hole in his glove and uses the force the escaping gas to rendezvous with his crew like he’s Ironman? NASA considered something similar, but instead of a hole in the suit, the agency wanted to use jet-powered shoes.

Jet Shoes in a test run. NASA.

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In the early years of human space exploration, there were a lot of unknowns, and the…

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]