WASHINGTON (Reuters) - NASA on Tuesday showed off two new spacesuits tailored for future moonwalking astronauts, signaling development of a crucial component to the space agency's accelerated drive to return to the Earth's moon by 2024.

Two NASA engineers strutted on a stage inside the agency's Washington, D.C. headquarters, donning the new spacesuits, modeling and doing squats and crunches in front of a crowd of students and reporters to reveal what the first zero-gravity space-wear under NASA's Artemis moon program would look like.

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NASA photo by Robert Markowitz

NASA announced June 7 that it has selected a new class of 12 astronaut candidates and seven of them have served in the U.S. military. After receiving 18,300 applications, NASA narrowed the list down, and these men and women will join the elite ranks of only 338 former astronauts in U.S. history.

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NASA photo by Bill Ingalls

Retired Air Force Col. Edwin Aldrin, commonly known as “Buzz,” is a national treasure. Half a century ago, the former fighter pilot from the Korean War became the second person to walk on the face of the moon during the Apollo 11 mission.

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