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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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Merging past and future
The 'technology' spacesuit design for Z-2 combines elements from past spacesuits and advanced technologies, such as electroluminescent wire and light-emitting patches across the upper and lower torso to identify crew members. The design also features collapsing pleats for mobility and abrasion-resistant panels on the lower torso. 
(Image: NASA)
Merging past and future
The "technology" spacesuit design for Z-2 combines elements from past spacesuits and advanced technologies, such as electroluminescent wire and light-emitting patches across the upper and lower torso to identify crew members. The design also features collapsing pleats for mobility and abrasion-resistant panels on the lower torso.
(Image: NASA)

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Whoopty
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Whoopty,
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5/14/2014 | 6:58:48 AM
Space Suits
Having read The Martian recently, I have a much more healthy respect for the technology that goes into these suits. Taking into consideration things like temperature, pressure and air supply, I'm more and more impressed by their creation. There's some really smart minds behind it all. 

I'm also pretty excited by the idea of human feet on Mars. Roll on the '30s. 
BillB031
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5/10/2014 | 1:48:10 PM
scratcher
If I were going to be in one of these space suits, I would demand a remote control face scratcher.  You imagine if you couldn't scratch an itch?
Susan Fourtané
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5/7/2014 | 12:21:05 AM
Re: New suits are a necessity
Brian, 

I am pretty sure there is a robotic project already in place. Robots, AIs, spaceship, spacesuit's final versions won't be really before the real date is closer. This one is going nowhere. :D  

-Susan

Brian.Dean
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5/6/2014 | 1:16:12 AM
Re: New suits are a necessity
Susan, you are right, whenever the spacesuit come before the spaceship, is when the masses are being entertained.

Interestingly, the final version of the spacesuit might make more sense if it were the spaceship as well, with the human safely on earth, Mars is relatively close but even the closest star is around 4.5 light-years away. To get a head start, maybe it would be better to fund nano-printer and open-source robotic projects that could be used to explore beyond.

 
Brian.Dean
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5/6/2014 | 12:58:31 AM
Re: New suits are a necessity
@Gary, good point. In a way, the government has already planted the seed by giving NASA the funding to land a man on the moon and it has been a long time since that happened, yet private enterprise has not ventured into space in a meaningful manner. The level at which private enterprise can be efficient by utilizing technology, etc, is what is needed, but unless there is some economic incentive that wheel might never begin to roll, it would be nice if there were some resources of value near-earth orbit -- it would jump start everything. 
Liquidfire3d
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5/5/2014 | 5:41:23 PM
Exosuits
Probably a little more comfortable than this space suit. :) http://youtu.be/GQl47P9grhc
Ariella
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5/5/2014 | 3:13:31 PM
Re: Silly "Hollywood" Visuals
#5 is very Buzz Lightyear. It's more cheerful looking than the gray ones, but I'm not sure they would want the Disney link there. 
rradina
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5/5/2014 | 8:31:57 AM
Silly "Hollywood" Visuals
Although it looks snazzy to have multi-colored suits with stylish designs on the torso, let's get real.  Unless it serves a psychological or functional purpose to have off-colored or multi-colored suits, they will likely be the same color they are today.
rradina
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5/5/2014 | 8:31:48 AM
Silly "Visuals
Although it looks snazzy to have multi-colored suits with stylish designs on the torso, let's get real.  Unless it serves a psychological or functional purpose to have off-colored or multi-colored suits, they will likely be the same color they are today.
Susan Fourtané
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5/5/2014 | 1:13:18 AM
Re: New suits are a necessity
Brian, 

"the word "nano" was not used by NASA, considering the weight concerns, maybe Z-3 will not be the final version."

I believe there were many versions between this prototype and the final version. And that final version will be very different from the one in these pictures we see today. 

As you said, nanotechnology can't be left out. IBM even created a 3D nano printer. Just imagine all the new things, materials, and technologies that will be available by when it's really time to think seriously about the this suit. This time it was just a teaser to entertain the masses. 

-Susan

 
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