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(Daily Mail)   NASA copies design for new space suit from a) Star Trek b) Space: 2001 c) Toy Story   ( dailymail.co.uk) divider line
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2012-12-20 10:25:44 AM  

way south: /Unfortunately they weigh a fark-ton.

Not in space... on the moon, they'd only way 1/6th fark-ton.
2012-12-20 10:37:52 AM  
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2012-12-20 11:03:40 AM  

kayanlau: I'm hoping they would put a laser on the wrist in their next version.

It's not a *LASER*.....It's a little light bulb that blinks!!!
2012-12-20 11:47:34 AM  
They didn't need green trim but I'm glad they were cool enough to add it.
2012-12-20 11:59:18 AM  

Donnchadha: way south: /Unfortunately they weigh a fark-ton.

Not in space... on the moon, they'd only way 1/6th fark-ton.

True, but you gotta get it up there first.

I think if we actually start manufacturing stuff in space, all the designs are going to be drastically different to what we make now.
Everything NASA's done so far has been defined by their drive to cut weight.
2012-12-20 01:06:56 PM  

way south: /Astronauts today would probably be happy if they just get better gloves.

NASA glove contest

Peter Homer of Southwest Harbor, Maine won the first place prize of $250,000 and Ted Southern of Brooklyn, NY won the second place prize of $100,000.

Homer's company
2012-12-20 02:03:42 PM  

padraig: Why can't they move on to skinsuits, already ?

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As in the 60's - 70's when NASA originally went with the idea: Astronauts don't like wearing them as they like all the cumbersome armour.

You also have the advantage of not need 8 hours to decompress/recompress before going outside. I suspect that's more an 'enviroment suit' type thing, something to wear on Mars rather than in orbit.
2012-12-20 02:15:19 PM  
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Why yes, I am currently playing Fallout 3, thanks for asking.
2012-12-20 03:45:45 PM  

cgraves67: Space suits? no. Robots. Robots everywhere. That seems to be NASA's future at thispoint.

I was wondering why are they redisigning something they aren't going to use?
2012-12-20 05:13:12 PM  

SkylineRecords: ktybear: My kids bought me a big green Buzz. It's one of my prize possessions.

You are one sad, sad little man.

[looks down]
hmmmm no
2012-12-20 06:36:57 PM  
Wake me when they stop stuffing astronauts in airbags and the mechanical counterpressure suits hit the stage.
2012-12-20 09:05:05 PM  

Tyrone Slothrop: Space: 2001?

what the hell subby? are you high or just old and stupid?
2012-12-21 04:58:49 AM  
I like how they keep talking about a strong resemblance when there is barely any resemblance other than both being space suit and having some green on them.

The helmets are different (it doesn't open), the chest is different (no armored plate), the back is VERY different, the arms are different (no lasers or other mounted gear), the legs and boots are different.

The parts that are green don't even really match up.

This passes for a news article?
2012-12-21 08:28:53 AM  
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For some reason I really like this shot of it.

Every time they show space suits in photo ops, they always come off as stiff and uncomfortable.
Seeing them portrayed in more natural positions makes it seem like progress is being made.
2012-12-21 10:41:01 AM  
Actually it kind of reminds me of the suits from The Andromeda Strain when they were going into the biolab.
2012-12-21 11:35:24 AM  

You Are All Sheep: Actually it kind of reminds me of the suits from The Andromeda Strain when they were going into the biolab.

Strangely enough, they'd be even better for that kind of duty (if it wasn't for space suits being stupidly expensive).

One of the reasons for that rear hatch wasn't just to make it easy to get into, but also so the suit could act as its own airlock and dock with the space vehicle.
The idea being that the suit itself remains outside, keeping sharp and toxic lunar/martian/whatever dirt outside the living environment at all times.

So it not only makes donning the equipment faster but improves the astronauts health as well.
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2012-12-22 10:00:56 PM  
That neon green unhappies my eyes.
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