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Eight-year-old Alex Webb wears ESA’s UV-protection suit
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- Title Eight-year-old Alex Webb wears ESA’s UV-protection suit
- Released 07/07/2003 1:17 pm
- Copyright ESA
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.