In the near future, when we send off the first batch of researchers to Mars, the mission will be long term (at least 3 years) given the high financial and time costs of the travel. Although the spacesuit protects you from the harsh Martian environment it also traps you and deprives most of your senses. It prevents you from being a part of and experiencing the environment. The aim is to reconnect humans to the environment. Being outdoors and connecting with nature is part of being human. It is only natural to want to continue doing that in our new potential environment. 
All of our senses except for sight become limited in a spacesuit. All of our senses are interconnected. Just as sight and smell inform taste when we eat, sight and sound help to inform our sense of touch. How Might We Enhance the sensory experience of the astronaut in the Martian environment?
The design is an attachment for the spacesuit glove that detects the texture of the surface the glove contacts. Sound and physical vibrations are used to emulate what touching the material without the glove would feel like. We see this as a step towards breaking down the physical barrier of the suit between the astronaut and the environment. Machine learning would be used to gather the database of surface textures and the corresponding sounds and vibrations so that it can relay a more accurate sensory experience with time. 
This design was created during the makeathon organised by the design engineering society of Imperial College, hosted by the Imperial Advanced Hackspace. The theme of the makeathon was moving to Mars. I led the team through the design process using several design methods incorporated in the double diamond.
TEAM: 
Natalie Kerres (Global Innovation Design) 
Louis Horrell (Design Engineering)
Shefali Bagaria (Design Engineering)
Justin Lee (Mechanical Engineering)
Romy Snijders (Global Innovation Design