NASA’s Space Suits for Mars Missions

mars space suitIt does now seem inevitable that there will be manned missions to Mars this century, so designing a practical 21st century space suit may not be such a crazy idea. NASA is showing off its designs, report via BBC News:

US space agency Nasa has been showing off the wardrobe essentials for future astronauts looking for a new outfit for their first flight to Mars.

Nasa said the Z-2 spacesuit was only a prototype, but elements of it would be incorporated into the suit worn by the first humans to reach the Red Planet.

The suit uses light-emitting patches and luminescent wire that could be customised to identify individuals.

The “technology” design beat two others with 63% of a public vote of 233,431.

The suit will be tested in Nasa’s pools used to teach astronauts to spacewalk
The others were:

  • a “bio-mimicry” suit, which mirrored the bioluminescence of aquatic creatures and the tough scaly skins of fish and reptiles
  • a “trends in society” suit, which reflected what everyday clothes may look like in the future
    Aesthetic appeal

The Z-2 will be built using 3D-printed parts, and 3D laser scans will ensure each suit fits each astronaut perfectly.

It will be tested in vacuum chambers, at Nasa’s training pool and at a site that imitates the rocky Martian surface…

[continues at BBC News]


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9 Comments on "NASA’s Space Suits for Mars Missions"

  1. Anarchy Pony | May 4, 2014 at 1:19 pm |


  2. Shit looks like either Dr. Evil or the guy from Despicable Me. I liked the white and neon green suit. Reminded me of Buzz Lightyear.

  3. Jonas Planck | May 4, 2014 at 9:20 pm |

    They should have gone with this one.

  4. BuzzCoastin | May 4, 2014 at 10:22 pm |

    It does now seem inevitable that there will be manned missions to Mars this century
    barring any unforseen circumstances, like:
    sever climate change and it’s concomitant disasters
    the collapse of the global financial scam
    the collapse of Duh Homeland MIBC
    peak oil bust
    or one of those every 3500 year or so WTF was that event

    • Rey d'Tutto | May 9, 2014 at 8:59 pm |

      Yosemite Super-Caldera eruption, Polar Magnetic Shift (reduction of Geomagnetic protection from Cosmic Rays & other High Energy Mutators during reversal), Global Plankton/Algae Bloom, Pollinator extinctions, & the Return of the good old 65 Million Year Meteor Shower.

  5. Rhoid Rager | May 5, 2014 at 12:16 am |

    As long as it comes with a blaster cannon.

  6. Dam ugly suit.

  7. Jonas Planck | May 5, 2014 at 1:36 pm |

    Perhaps they were working from the same premise as the designers on the film Red Planet… tasked with creating a space suit that could withstand the rigors of EVA and resist micro-meteoroids, yet still show off the curves of Carrie Anne Moss’ sweet ass.

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