How much money does a NASA space suit cost?
- $4 million
- $8 million
- $9.5 million
- $12 million
The final cost of one space suit comes to a total of $12 million. While early space suits were made entirely of soft fabrics, today's Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) has a combination of soft and hard components to provide support, mobility and comfort. The suit itself has 13 layers of material, including an inner cooling garment (two layers), pressure garment (two layers), thermal micrometeoroid garment (eight layers) and outer cover (one layer). The materials used include: Nylon, tricotSpandex, Urethane-coated Nylon, Dacron, Neoprene-coated Nylon, Mylar, Gortex, Kevlar (material in bullet-proof vests), and Nomex.