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Alien Fashion: NASA Unveils Next Generation Space Suits

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After a round of public voting, this is what NASA's next generation spacesuit, the Z-2, is going to look like. Like a chubby Buzz Lightyear lost his jetpack and got trapped in the TRON universe. Me? I tried voting for Garrus' spacesuit from Mass Effect but NASA was all, "That's a video game," and I was all, "Yeah -- that takes place in SPACE. Think about it." I'm not convinced they actually thought about it though.

There are many key advances to be found in the Z-2 suit when compared to the previous Z-1. The most significant is that the Z-1 had a soft upper torso and the Z-2 has a hard composite upper torso. This composite hard upper torso provides the much-needed long-term durability that a planetary Extravehicular Activity (EVA) suit will require. The shoulder and hip joints differ significantly based on extensive evaluations performed during the last two years with the Z-1 to look at different ways of optimizing mobility of these complex joints. Lastly, the boots are much closer in nature to those that would be found on a suit ready for space, and the materials used on the Z-2 are compatible with a full-vacuum environment.

Sure, but what about the electroluminescent light effects? Does those serve a purpose besides not really looking that cool? Or are they so you can better spot your fellow space rangers as they float off into space? Oh yeah, there he goes. Keeps getting smaller and smaller. More importantly -- what do you think aliens will think of our new spacesuits? Because that's very important to consider. Remember: you only get one chance to make a good first impression. And I would prefer that impression not leaving the aliens thinking, "Screw these tacky f***ers, let's just nuke their planet."

Keep going for a handful more pictures.

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Thanks to Wilmersama, who plans on blasting off for space wearing nothing but long underwear and a smile.

There are Comments.
  • Matty Spinny

    i think we're going in the right direction. now all we need is wings on the back and someone to yell to infinite and beyond.

  • John Whatmeworry

    Was it necessary to make it look like he's wearing short shorts?

  • Gral Zapata

    looks like a starcraft firebat without the fire :)

  • Camille Loquet
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  • Blackstar Firewall

    Why do they need anything other than the EMU? When I think of astronauts, when I think of badass space heroes, the Extravehicular Mobility Unit spacesuit is the only thing that comes to mind.

    Just my own two cents, but I think if they go with this design for their new EVA's, it'll totally kill the space program. Nobody is going to dedicate the better part of their lives preparing themselves for the demanding emotional and mental awareness and responsiveness, along with the grueling physical regiment that comes with being an astronaut....just to look like the afterbirth of Quasi Modo hate fucking a light cycle.

  • craig37f .

    TO INFINITY AND BEYOND!!

  • Eric Hettervik

    I think it looks good. Really there's no reason not to have a little fashion with technology like this.

  • Colby J Jensen

    They borrowed that from the Krogans

  • Kevin

    these guys look like A-holes.

  • lordpikachu

    reminds me of this guy:

    http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg....

    warning: scary

  • cabbo

    better warning: 404s.

  • lordpikachu
  • cabbo

    ...also 404s...

    But I got the name from the link. Decent art, fairly reminiscent.

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