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(Popular Mechanics)   Imagine the worst designed basketball uniform possible, combined with orthopedic shoes, and you got your new prototype spacesuit from NASA   ( divider line
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11484 clicks; posted to Geek » on 22 Jul 2012 at 4:08 AM (5 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2012-07-22 06:51:07 PM  

Sylvia_Bandersnatch: The only drawback I can see is that storing the suit externally may expose it to environmental conditions that might cause it to deteriorate faster. Micrometeoroids and elemental oxygen, not to mention severe cold and solar radiation, come to mind.

I was thinking the same thing, exacerbated by the fact that, by being outside, the suits are harder to inspect for such damage and to repair.
2012-07-22 09:55:34 PM  
Astronauts step into the full suit through the back port. This port will mate with the spacecraft, enabling an astronaut to enter the suit from inside the craft for extravehicular activity.

A quote full of double-entendre possibilities, and barely a reference in 50 responses. Fark is really slipping.
2012-07-22 10:40:23 PM  

DrMcNinja: I haven't looked into it at all being a feasible replacement, but these look a lot cooler anyway

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MIT biosuit stuff

Excuse me while I get my astroglide...
2012-07-23 02:12:59 AM  
The back-entry thing for the suit is innovative, but I don't like it.

- You're still going to need an airlock of some kind to get anything else outside. It doesn't have to be sci-fi movie huge.
- Any real airlock has a vacuum pump and can recover the air in the chamber if needed, or optionally vent it.
- I would not want to leave my suit outside for extended periods. UV damage for sure, and micrometeorites probably.
- Getting into that thing is going to be a scary PITA every time.
- Much better to suit up inside the ship, where you can preflight the suit before committing to using it.
2012-07-23 12:37:23 PM  

abhorrent1: MIT biosuit stuff

Admit it. You fapped to that, didn't you?

Was that wrong? Were we not supposed to?
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