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Alex Webb wears ESA’s UV-protection suit
The first prototype of a new UV-protection suit to help people suffering from the genetic disorder xeroderma pigmentosum (XP) - causing extreme sensitivity to the Sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays - was presented at this years Le Bourget air show. It has been developed taking advantage of innovative ESA space technologies, and consists of two items; a headgear protecting the head and face, and a suit covering the rest of the body, both filtering out 100% UV-light from the Sun. Eight-year-old Alex Webb, diagnosed with XP, is here trying the new suit.
Credits: ESA
Alex Webb and ESA’s UV-protection suit
Along with another child in France, eight-year-old Alex Webb in the UK will try out the first prototype of a new UV-protection suit to help people suffering from the generic disorder xeroderma pigmentosum (XP). It has been produced based upon ESA technologies developed for Europe’s space programmes. Maybe this new “friend from space” may improve his quality of life – so he can more easily get together with his friends on Earth during the daytime.
Credits: ESA
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