Spacesuit Gloves Can Make Fingernails Fall Off - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Spacesuit Gloves Can Make Fingernails Fall Off

MSN - Life as an astronaut involves risks. But who knew those risks come even from wearing spacesuit gloves?

A new study found that fingernail injury is a common problem with astronaut gloves, and that spaceflyers with larger hands are more likely to be hurt by their gloves.

Astronaut gloves are designed to protect the hand from the vacuum of space and to resist puncturing from bits of debris that might impact while an astronaut is working on a spacewalk. Glove design has had to sacrifice some flexibility for strength.

The injuries most often result from tight gloves that cut off blood flow to the fingertips, the study found. But sustained pressure at the fingertips can cause fingernails to break or, in extreme cases, detach from their nailbeds or fall off entirely.

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