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Wanted: A bostin' space suit.

UNIVERSITY boffins from the Black Country are helping experts design space suits for a possible manned mission to Mars. And they reckon astronauts will be sprinting when they finally land on the Red Planet. A biomechanics boffin from Wolverhampton University, Adam Hawkey, says it will be easier for space explorers to run rather than walk on its surface because of low gravity.

He is helping space agencies, including the influential Mars Society and British Interplanetary Society, develop the next generation of space suits. Adam said: "Running on Mars may actually be more comfortable and natural than walking.

"The influence of gravity is significantly reduced and running will use up less energy.

"We'll impart less force on to the ground and spend longer in the air than on Earth, so you will move around with a spring in your step
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Date:Nov 16, 2005
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