The Spacesuit Of The Future Looks Like Something Out Of A Sci-Fi Movie
By: Erin Ruberry
While the Buzz Lightyear-inspired Z-1 spacesuit proved a pop culture favorite, NASA has moved forward with its spacesuit makeover by unveiling the Z-2 Suit and three prospective cover layers for its next prototype.
"We haven't had to design a spacesuit to operate in a surface environment since we went to the moon," Daniel Huot, a NASA public affairs official, told NBC News. "As you can imagine, a lot of things have changed, and this is going to incorporate the features that astronauts are going to be wearing when we go to Mars."
Among the cutting-edge technology used in construction of the suit will be "3D human laser scans" and 3D-printed hardware.
The first fully-built Z-2 isn't expected to be finished until November 2014, but now through April 15 the public can vote for their favorite design.
Ladies and gentlemen, your spacesuit candidates are...
Biomimicry: "draws from an environment with many parallels to the harshness of space: the world's oceans."
Technology: "pays homage to spacesuit achievements of the past while incorporating subtle elements of the future."
Trends in Society: "based off of just that: being reflective of what every day clothes may look like in the not too distant future."
As of Tuesday morning, "Technology" was leading the competition with nearly two-thirds of the vote.
Tell us: Which spacesuit design is your favorite?
Learn more about some of NASA's earliest spacesuits:
Photos via NASA