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into the beyond

This space suit isn't from a new sci-fi movie. NASA astronauts might wear this to Mars

For the first time since 1982, NASA is in the process of testing new space suit prototypes.

suit A new space suit of the future. NASA NASA

THIS WEEK NASA is marking 50 years of spacewalking. The next planet in our sights is Mars.

With people like astronaut Chris Hadfield stating that he thinks he could see the first person to visit the planet in his lifetime, space experts have to get down the nitty gritty about how humans could realistically survive there.

For the first time since 1982, NASA is in the process of testing new space suit prototypes.

The latest image released by NASA looks more like space suits featured in movies such as Prometheus.

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And is a far cry from this vintage number from the 60s.

S65-04970 (May 1965) --- Cut-away view of the ... NASA's Johnson Space Center NASA's Johnson Space Center

NASA says that while there are no final designs, future suits will be engineered to ensure planetary exploration. They will include all the advances in technology that will shorten preparation time and improve safety.

To learn a little more about the space suits through the ages, click here for NASA’s interactive guide. You can also click here to find out what each piece of the suit is for.

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