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5/2/2014
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Elena Malykhina
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NASA's Next Spacesuit: Mars Fashion

NASA reveals its latest prototype of the "Z" series spacesuit, designed for humans to walk on Mars by the 2030s.
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ThambiT496
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5/3/2014 | 7:19:33 PM
The most homey looking spacesuit I ever saw !
This looks like a bunch of middle schooler astronaut suit designer wanna bes got together in their garage and used their mom's old sewing machine to put together a really homie looking suit for Halloween.

What a shame !...I thought NASA had better design sense than to show off a beer can suit with glow stick patches on it(and that too looks like some elementary school kid did it as homework assignment). I hope not a cent a tax payer money was spent on this embarrasment.

No respectable astronaut with any self esteem will ever be caught in this..not even for Halloween !

Please, oh please, for humanity's sake, go to design school and learn the basics of styling !..and there should be a limit to design by commitee....even for camels !

 

 
danielcawrey
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5/3/2014 | 2:20:57 PM
Re: Mars suit
This biomimicry concept is awesome. i had never heard of it before reading this article. 

For so long, industrial processes where not really capable of creating similar structures that exist in the natural world. But technology has caught up, and I think we're going to see some really great designs in the future that encompass the environment and ecology that surrounds us. 
Susan Fourtané
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5/3/2014 | 9:31:47 AM
Trends of the past
"The "trends in society" design also uses electroluminescent wire. It has a bright color scheme to "mimic the appearance of sportswear and the emerging world of wearable technologies," per NASA's description."

Those wearable technologies are going to be old technologies from the past in the year 2030. The same with the appearance of today's sportswear fashion. :D What a bad idea! 

-Susan 
BettyN642
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5/3/2014 | 3:33:43 AM
Teletubbies meet Buzz Lightyear!
Teletubbies meet Buzz Lightyear! Major influences from both Teletubbies and Buzz Lightyear. As Buzz would say, "To low earth orbit and, and, and..." Oh forget it. This is NASA we are talking about. NASA has not been out of LEO in 40 years. Sigh. And these suits? Um. Yuck.
BillW334
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5/3/2014 | 2:04:05 AM
Fugly
Shrek meets Buzz Lightyear.  Ugh.  I bet the cosmic rays will pass right through it.  Big waste of money. Forget Mars.  Disney certainly has.
Thomas Claburn
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5/2/2014 | 5:49:35 PM
Re: Why the guns and ammo?
Hollywood will be happy. Futuristic space suits always seem to have a lot of clear material (and lights pointed inward), so the audience can see high-priced stars in simulated space settings.
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5/2/2014 | 2:16:15 PM
Re: Mars suit
Good thing the Martian soil is mostly red (which is why it looks red from here).

 
jries921
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5/2/2014 | 2:04:30 PM
Re: Why the guns and ammo?
I didn't see any, but...

It might not be ETs that astronauts need to defend themselves against.  While we want space exploration to be a peaceful pursuit, there are no guarantees; thus astronauts just might have to defend themselves against other humans.

 
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5/2/2014 | 12:32:09 PM
Why the guns and ammo?
Are we expecting ETs on Mars that we need to kill/protect ourselves from?
KevinN066
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5/2/2014 | 10:38:33 AM
Mars suit
Surely the suit should be white so it can be seen against the background from a distance in case of emergency for easy location. Grey will merge into most backgrounds and that little bit of blue.....well.
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