Astronauts may wear eight-legged ‘spider’ spacesuits to crawl across the moons of Mars

Astronauts may wear eight-legged 'spider' spacesuits to crawl across the moons of Mars

The devices, called "spider flyer-walker" suits, would have eight arms and allow astronauts to hop, crawl, or walk. When the first astronauts reach Mars in the 2030s, they'll never set foot on the planet's surface. Instead, NASA wants its plucky human crew to orbit the desert world for about a year, then return home. But that doesn't mean astronauts couldn't explore Phobos or Deimos — two tiny and intriguing moons of Mars.

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