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'A Spacesuit Ballet' Features Mashup Of Archived NASA Spacesuit Test Footage (VIDEO)

08/04/2012 11:32 am ET | Updated Aug 04, 2012

"A Spacesuit Ballet" is exactly that: A beautifully choreographed video mashup featuring archived NASA footage of spacesuits being tested ahead of the Apollo moon landing missions.

Although the video is more than a year old, NPR's "Science Friday" recently posted the clip on its website, and we can't get enough of it.

The video features some actions one might expect go into testing a spacesuit's mobility: Treadmill test? Check. Jumping jacks? Check. Climbing a ladder? Check. Playing baseball? Wait, what?

However, no matter how much testing they did, the astronauts still had a bit of a challenge when walking in the low-gravity environment of the moon.

NASA, which announced on Friday that it had awarded more than $1 billion in contracts to American companies for the development of new spacecraft, now has its sights set on Mars.

In September, the space agency announced plans for the Space Launch System (SLS), a heavy-lift rocket that will one day take astronauts to the red planet.

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