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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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Gary_EL
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5/4/2014 | 9:21:53 PM
Re: New suits are a necessity
@Brian
"smaller, stronger and durable", as you say - just what a spacesuit needs to be. Your comments inspired me to do a quick google search for nano and spacesuit, and I was disapointed to see that at this point, as least as far as easily obtainable public information is concerned, it seems that this is still in the speculative phase. But, not only speculation, but also serious research being backed by serious money at the best academic and corporate labs. I think it be a classical case of the initial seed being planted by the military and the government, and as soon as it starts to bud, even bigger money from industry will start to flow in, with earth (and space) shaking results.


 
Brian.Dean
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5/4/2014 | 7:48:29 PM
Re: New suits are a necessity
Interesting point, products are beginning to emerge that use nano materials to make it smaller, stronger and durable, a motor has been built on the atomic scale, nano particles are being used to make solar cells, and the list goes on. But, a spacesuit is being created that might be deployed in the 2030s and the word "nano" was not used by NASA, considering the weight concerns, maybe Z-3 will not be the final version.
Brian.Dean
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5/4/2014 | 7:24:01 PM
Re: Mars suit
Reminds me of fractals that require a huge amount of computational power to create, it would have been next to impossible to discover them without technology. Looking forward, it provides a great opportunity to create patterns and structure that is closer to nature and stronger, rather than building brick and concrete structures, everywhere.
Brian.Dean
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5/4/2014 | 7:10:32 PM
Re: Mars suit
Good point, it should be taken into consideration that the suit should not be camouflaged and using a color scheme is nice to showcase that the space traveler is from a world that is mostly water. However, it's not like Mars is teaming with life. On the flip side, a good looking suit will make for an excellent broadcast and tracking technology can today locate a space traveler on the other side of the red planet, there is no telling the progress that tracking technology will make in the next 15 years.
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5/4/2014 | 2:32:20 PM
Re: Trends of the past
Nasa must start somewhere!
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5/4/2014 | 2:18:43 PM
Re: Good Info
Do not post crap like this on this website!
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5/4/2014 | 2:06:23 PM
WHAT ARE THEY THINKING?
What is NASA thinking with these hideous suits?

The design looks quite unfunctional, and ugly!
MountweisInfo
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5/3/2014 | 10:36:45 PM
Re: New suits are a smoke screen
NASA is preparing (or pretending to prepare) for a Mars expedition by planning to capture an asteroid. It is an absurd idea because any sane person understands that a base on the moon is a way to prepare for mars, not tiny asteroid. Why? Because moon has much more similarities with mars, than a tiny asteroid. You can test landing rockets, liftoff rockets, vehicles, robots in the moon, not to mention a long term human settlements could be tested. Nothing like this can give you a schizoid asteroid. 

This is why NASA put a smoke screen: space suits for Mars! Thirty years in advance. It is like buying a dress for your daughter's wedding at the moment you found out your wife is pregnant with a girl. An idiotic, idiotic smoke screen with an attempt to cover NASA fundamental blunder with capturing asteroid.

 
Li Tan
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5/3/2014 | 10:09:08 PM
Re: New suits are a necessity
There is no doubt that exploring Mars is not a trivial task. Considering the physical condition of Mars, it makes sense to have new suit. This one looks really cool. One more question, does it have embedded weapon system? There has always gossip about aliens on Mars around - some of them may not be friendly.:-)
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5/3/2014 | 8:30:10 PM
New suits are a necessity
The current suits are far to heavy to use on Mars. They are big, bulky suits designed for zero-G (for use in servicing the International Space Station). Even the old Apollo suits were lighter and they were manageable in 1/6th G on the moon (if not very comfortable, nor flexible). Mars has a lot more gravity (0.38 G), so much lighter, easier to use, quicker to put on and take off, and more comfortable suits need to be developed. I'm just not sure I like these particular looking ones. Usually in engineering, form follows function, not the other way around. Going back to the moon and using it as a testing ground for potential Mars use technologies would be a good way to insure that mission's eventual success. 
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