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Japanese Astronaut Gets Designer "Space Suit"

samzenpus posted more than 4 years ago | from the look-good-anywhere dept.

Space 110

Naoko Yamazaki knows you have to look good at work even if your work is in outer space. Japanese fashion designer Tae Ashida has created a designer suit for the female astronaut to wear during her stay on the International Space Station. "As a female designer, I chose a design and colour with a sense of grace ... so that she can feel at ease as she carries out a tough mission in a male-dominated, bleak atmosphere. It's like a dream come true to see my clothes worn in space," said Ashida. "I'm looking forward to seeing her wear my design."

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Skills (1)

Ltap (1572175) | more than 4 years ago | (#31762718)

Might be a good designer, but definitely isn't a good artist. Either that or she thought the astronaut's legs were the same length as the rest of her body.

Re:Skills (1)

c++0xFF (1758032) | more than 4 years ago | (#31762830)

Don't worry -- I hear stilts are all the rage among astronauts these days.

Fashion ... I still don't understand it.

Re:Skills (2, Funny)

toastar (573882) | more than 4 years ago | (#31763974)

Don't worry -- I hear stilts are all the rage among astronauts these days.

Fashion ... I still don't understand it.

Also popular among astronauts, Standing?

Re:Skills (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31764176)

Don't worry -- I hear stilts are all the rage among astronauts these days.

Those aren't stilts, they're leg implants.

Re:Skills (1)

Darinbob (1142669) | more than 4 years ago | (#31766520)

Definitely stilts are easier to use in a zero-G environment.

Re:Skills (1)

gzipped_tar (1151931) | more than 4 years ago | (#31762866)

The woman in the drawing looks distinctively non-human. I wonder whether the designer had mistaken "astronaut" for "alien life" when she was doing that.

Re:Skills (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31762972)

Japanese animation often exagerates leg lengths, I don't see it as a problem.

Re:Skills (1)

v1 (525388) | more than 4 years ago | (#31763268)

Japanese animation often exagerates leg lengths, I don't see it as a problem.

It's not a problem. Until they start trying to design clothes for real people. That's when the problems start.

Re:Skills (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 4 years ago | (#31764708)

Leg lengths? That's new to me. I thought it was just eye size and hair pointyness.

Re:Skills (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31765520)

You obviously don't watch enough anime, I bet you probably have a girlfriend too. GTFO breeder!

Re:Skills (4, Insightful)

OzPeter (195038) | more than 4 years ago | (#31763040)

Might be a good designer, but definitely isn't a good artist. Either that or she thought the astronaut's legs were the same length as the rest of her body.

I have yet to see any fashion design sketches that were anatomically correct in their proportions. I gather that such sketches are meant to be impressionistic rather than realistic.

Re:Skills (1)

Jeff DeMaagd (2015) | more than 4 years ago | (#31763136)

It seems you usually have to dial back a designer's work about 50% in order to get something practical. This is true of car designs too, the stuff they show at auto shows usually aren't practical, the one you get off the assembly line has had a lot of changes.

Re:Skills (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 4 years ago | (#31764820)

Yeah it's standard procedure for concept car sketches to have the car running 20x18" rims, crazy-low-profile tires, a quarter inch of fender gap, 2"-4" of ground clearance, with angles and curves that look awesome but won't play nicely with the assembly line machinery or the 35+ year olds (AKA the people who can actually afford new cars).

That said, this fashion designer's sketch is way more absurd.

Re:Skills (1)

Gilmoure (18428) | more than 4 years ago | (#31766420)

Aaaaugh! Worst production car design I ever came across was an '85 Camaro Berlinetta [berlinetta.info] . You had to part drop, part slide in to the drivers seat, if you didn't want to remove your left knee cap on the dash. Then there was the deal with the turn signal being a flat piece of plastic sticking out of the dash and not on the steering column. Always kept bumping it. The radio/cassette player was on this stalk that was free standing (with a big chunk of dash behind it sculpted back) and when it broke, well, no replacing it and no where to install a new system (early 90's, not a lot of choice in car audio then). There was no glove box either, just another large swath a sculpted plastic that served no purpose. Now, all that being said, yeah, full digital dash and STNG curves made it look cool as hell but trying to use it? Bleah. I drove that damn car for over 100,000 miles and it was the inspiration for me to go in to industrial design. Was so glad once I sold it and got a '69 Camaro. Much better layout and high back bucket seats were more comfortable. Go figure.

But why? (1)

Dr. Manhattan (29720) | more than 4 years ago | (#31763818)

I have yet to see any fashion design sketches that were anatomically correct in their proportions. I gather that such sketches are meant to be impressionistic rather than realistic.

A Google image search [google.com] confirms that. What I don't understand is, why are they like that? Is it some kind of tradition, or does it have some practical purpose not obvious to those with little fashion sense?

Re:But why? (1)

O('_')O_Bush (1162487) | more than 4 years ago | (#31763836)

Fashion is an art form, and clothing is often stylized after real world objects. It's no leap of the mind to stylize the body that fashionable clothing is worn on as well.

Re:But why? (3, Insightful)

pavon (30274) | more than 4 years ago | (#31764016)

Except the clothing is intended to be worn on people, so how can you judge if it will actually look good if you design it for aliens? It's like car designers intentionally doing all their drawings such that only 3' midgets can use the car or furniture designers intentionally drawing things out of proportion to the human form. The purpose of sketches is to develop and test ideas before a prototype is made, but if you have to completely rework the proportions between sketching and prototyping then the sketch is worthless for the purpose of judging the aesthetic appeal of the design. It is like the entire fashion industry is in denial about what medium they working in.

Re:But why? (2, Insightful)

sznupi (719324) | more than 4 years ago | (#31764366)

Well, assuming the fashion world is a self-adoration circle (I have yet to see something which would make that impression certainly false), making the designs look better than they really are does serve a purpose...

Re:But why? (2, Insightful)

O('_')O_Bush (1162487) | more than 4 years ago | (#31764546)

If they were concerned what it looked like on people, they would have average people as the medium, not 6 foot, 90 lb caricatures of women shaking their hips down a runway.

These are artists, not engineers. Logic and accuracy need not apply.

Re:But why? (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 4 years ago | (#31764860)

It's like car designers intentionally doing all their drawings such that only 3' midgets can use the car

Welcome to the world of rat rods:

http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/jalopnik/2009/02/Bettie_Paige_Rat_Rod.jpg [gawker.com]

http://s-seriesforum.com/albums/jman/rat_rod_s10_2.jpg [s-seriesforum.com]

At least on this one the roof has been helpfully removed:

http://images.thecarconnection.com/med/1932-ford-rat-rod_100170259_m.jpg [thecarconnection.com]

Re:But why? (1)

MrCrassic (994046) | more than 4 years ago | (#31764956)

It is like the entire fashion industry is in denial about what medium they working in.

They're (mostly) not. People have been taught for a long time that fashion is largely about what people wear. In reality, fashion is an art form like the performing arts, sculpture, painting or even programming. Fashion is about enhancing the aesthetic of the human body through decoration. It's about pushing the limits of what we as people (and as society) think of beauty. The former notion is clothing; it's certainly a practical and pragmatic byproduct of fashion, but it is not fashion.

This is a chief reason as to why pieces look anatomically incorrect on drawings or why autos look so far-fetched before they hit the production line (which leads to skinny, tall and, sometimes, underfed models and dashboards/interiors that make zero sense). Not all clothing is designed from concept to be sold at Macy's or Walmart; again, that's not what fashion's about. Some pieces are designed to push manufacturing limits; others are designed to just be pretty. When/if they ARE sold, they are usually sold in very exclusive outlets at super-high markups, partly because of manufacturing process (hand-made in a first-world shop or factory) and materials (finest silk/wool/you name it), but also because of demand. By the time they hit Macy's, they're already super old-school in the fashion world.

It's all about emotion. A fashion-obsessed girlfriend can tell you that.

Re:But why? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31765302)

I understand that fashion is not about mass-market clothing. I understand that like many works of art it is primarily an expression of the artist with the audience taking second priority of it is considered at all. But you said yourself

Fashion is about enhancing the aesthetic of the human body through decoration

How can you enhance the aesthetic of the human body if your decorations are not designed for the human body? I'm not talking about the difference between models and average people. If the designer's intent is to enhance the body of a model, then that is fine - it is a perfectly legitimate medium to choose. I am talking about the fact that the sketches don't match even the most extreme of physiques. Thus if they follow their sketches when producing the clothing, it likely wont look as good on the person as it would have looked if it was designed for the target proportions to begin with.

Re:But why? (1)

Gilmoure (18428) | more than 4 years ago | (#31766668)

Fashion obsessed girlfriend?

You mean the one who had every Diesel Sweeties t-shirt?

Re:But why? (1)

Gilmoure (18428) | more than 4 years ago | (#31766630)

Find humans with alien proportions?

Re:But why? (2, Insightful)

amicusNYCL (1538833) | more than 4 years ago | (#31764360)

I bet it's just marketing. A designer could probably show a woman a picture like this [emillioo.com] , and have the woman's reaction be "I want to look like that!" It's not physically possible to look like that, but a long, slender form is viewed as more graceful than a short stumpy guy, so it's probably just marketing. They're trying to sell the fantasy instead of the reality.

Now that I think about it, there's got to be a connection between this and anorexic models. The models are probably under pressure to look like the drawings (vacant stares and everything).

Re:But why? (2, Insightful)

painandgreed (692585) | more than 4 years ago | (#31765608)

The models are under pressure not to detract from the clothes. For fashion photography, the models are pretty much simply living hangers. The are there to make the clothes look good, not the other way around. If you want to women that look good, you would be in glamour photography. I doubt you'd find too many anorexic glamour models, but that is because the subject of the photo is the women, not the clothing. Sure, they could shoot fashion photography like they shoot glamor, but then the focus would be on the women and not the clothing, the thing that they are trying to sell. When complaining about fashion models, you are simply confusing the frame for the picture.

Re:Skills (1)

zero_out (1705074) | more than 4 years ago | (#31763242)

Might be a good designer, but definitely isn't a good artist. Either that or she thought the astronaut's legs were the same length as the rest of her body.

I noticed the same thing. This is particularly odd considering that women (on average) have proportionally shorter legs than men, and asians (on average) have proportionally shorter legs than non-asians. Maybe this designer suffers from leg envy?

Re:Skills (1)

v1 (525388) | more than 4 years ago | (#31763244)

didn't you know, when you're in space the lack of gravity causes your legs to expand back up to their 'natural length'

Re:Skills (4, Funny)

Migraineman (632203) | more than 4 years ago | (#31764718)

Definitely Pencilshopped. I'm certain I've seen this on PencilshopDisasters.com.

Re:Skills (1)

JavaBear (9872) | more than 4 years ago | (#31765278)

She flies in space, so she must be an alien.
I certainly don't recall any human looking quite like that.

Fashion news, thanks samzenpus (1)

Megaweapon (25185) | more than 4 years ago | (#31762724)

*sigh*

Re:Fashion news, thanks samzenpus (1)

ColdWetDog (752185) | more than 4 years ago | (#31762786)

But it's on the Internet! How cool is that?

Wow (1)

amicusNYCL (1538833) | more than 4 years ago | (#31762732)

Great job Tae Ashida, that looks like the perfect outfit for anyone whose lower legs are longer than the rest of their body.

Re:Wow (1)

Bob-taro (996889) | more than 4 years ago | (#31767256)

Great job Tae Ashida, that looks like the perfect outfit for anyone whose lower legs are longer than the rest of their body.

Funny coincidence: the designer's name is "Ashida" and "ashi" means "leg" in Japanese. I say coincidence because that's not what the "ashi" part means in the name.

Sets a HORRIBLE example for female youth (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31762742)

No girls are going to be able to live up to the high-fashion ideals of calf length without some serious orthopedic surgical intervention.

Re:Sets a HORRIBLE example for female youth (1)

gzipped_tar (1151931) | more than 4 years ago | (#31763442)

Look on the bright side, bro.

Perhaps the fixation upon the unattainable body characteristics will be exactly what gives the next generation's geek girls their first ideas in differential geometry...

Those legs seem a bit long (1)

BadAnalogyGuy (945258) | more than 4 years ago | (#31762758)

Japanese people aren't especially known for their legginess. Or height, for that matter.

Ashida is probably going to need to have that thing fitted.

Re:Those legs seem a bit long (2, Informative)

DarkKnightRadick (268025) | more than 4 years ago | (#31762860)

Considering the astronaut has already been in space for two days now....

Re:Those legs seem a bit long (1)

zerokyuu (1785124) | more than 4 years ago | (#31762908)

Japanese people aren't especially known for their legginess. Or height, for that matter.

Ashida is probably going to need to have that thing fitted.

The best part is that there is kind of a pun on Ashida, it can be written with the kanji for legs plus the end of the sentence marker (pronounced ashi da). This can be translated as "The legs." Or.. maybe from the name we can tell that this person does indeed have very long legs (hence the name).

Re:Those legs seem a bit long (1)

boristdog (133725) | more than 4 years ago | (#31766418)

Japanese people aren't especially known for their legginess.

YOU have obviously never been to Tokyo. All I remember is legs. All women between the ages of 16 and 36 seem to wear is miniskirts or short-shorts. When it gets cold they put on thigh-high hose.

A leg man will go crazy in Tokyo. I have banned one of my best friends from ever going, as he is rather infatuated with legs.

Re:Those legs seem a bit long (1)

MaWeiTao (908546) | more than 4 years ago | (#31766568)

That's true, except that most high school girls there nowadays have rather pudgy legs.

Re:Those legs seem a bit long (1)

Jedi Alec (258881) | more than 4 years ago | (#31768920)

Which is fine, since as a grown man you're not supposed to be staring at the legs of high school girls anyway, are you?

The Japanese have gotten taller in recent decades (1)

Estanislao Martnez (203477) | more than 4 years ago | (#31768876)

Japanese people aren't especially known for their legginess. Or height, for that matter.

However, a lot of their reputation for being short seems to come from before their post-WWII economic boom. Today's younger Japanese are significantly taller than their ancestors. Wikipedia's data [wikipedia.org] is hard to compare (numbers for different countries sample different sub-populations), but roughly, it seems that between 1850 and 2000 (roughly), young Japanese men went from 5' 1" to 5' 7.5". In the same time period, American men seem to have gone from 5' 7" to 5' 10.5". So, again stressing that the data isn't necessarily the best to compare, Americans used to be 6 inches taller than the Japanese, but now are only 3 inches taller.

Another interesting data point (from the same article): young South Koreans are about 4.7 inches taller on average than comparable North Koreans.

So... (1)

bgarcia (33222) | more than 4 years ago | (#31762810)

Is this astronaut planning on wearing stilts in space?

Wait... (1)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 4 years ago | (#31762836)

Is that suit designed for a human?!? It's gonna be awfully hard to find a model with 6 foot long legs to model it! Perhaps this was a competition to design the most stylish suit for an alien...

Space chiropractic (1)

BadAnalogyGuy (945258) | more than 4 years ago | (#31762842)

I bet in zero-g you could really get the best spinal alignment of your life.

Re:Space chiropractic (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31763378)

The adjustment technique would probably require modification for zero-g. After all, chiro was designed with a 1-g environment in mind...

There's a mental picture I can't get rid of! (1)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 4 years ago | (#31762880)

Japan's astronauts have shown a penchant for space entertainment in the past. Great... tentacle-porn hentai anime... in space!

Misleading title (4, Insightful)

Andy Dodd (701) | more than 4 years ago | (#31762932)

Space suit refers to the equipment needed to operate in vacuum.

This is just a set of "work clothes" for one particular astronaut.

Mod this up! (1)

A nonymous Coward (7548) | more than 4 years ago | (#31763048)

Really annoying to click thru and find it is just work clothes, not a pressure suit for the vacuum of space.

Re:Misleading title (1)

sjwest (948274) | more than 4 years ago | (#31763888)

Since space gear is mostly bespoke tailoring (you dont want a leaky spacesuit) already surely designer (branded) clothing is a bit of a come down.

Re:Misleading title (4, Interesting)

sznupi (719324) | more than 4 years ago | (#31764226)

And BTW some people are working on space suit (proper) technology which does end up looking rather fashionable; relying on the obserbation that human skin is already a pretty good "space suit", except for providing mechanical pressure:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_activity_suit [wikipedia.org]
http://mvl.mit.edu/EVA/biosuit/index.html [mit.edu]

PS. Definatelly provides an argument to my views that, while there really isn't something like too little breasts, there is something like "too big" ones - seems they have some some chance of being containing to Earth and dying out once we set for the stairs ;p

Lords of Kobol... (1)

sznupi (719324) | more than 4 years ago | (#31764256)

Stars! Once we set for the stars! Not the stairs... (don't be too hard on me, lexical nazis...)

Re:Lords of Kobol... (1)

Chris Tucker (302549) | more than 4 years ago | (#31766842)

The Ancients speak of a mystical thing, a thing of wonder and miracles.

"The Preview Button".

Although none have seen it for 1000 generations, it is said to exist even yet.

(Having posted a few really astounding mistakes here, you have my sympathy. I feel your pain!)

Re:Misleading title (1)

Progman3K (515744) | more than 4 years ago | (#31764756)

Thanks. That was the first comment I read in this discussion that was actually useful and not just a snide comment.
I'm sorry, I know posting fashion stories on Slashdot is already a longshot but I still wish the geeks would use their considerable intelligences towards insightful comments instead of what I've been reading for the past few years.

Bleak atmosphere (1)

sabt-pestnu (967671) | more than 4 years ago | (#31768442)

I was actually wondering about that when I went to the article. The summary mentioned "Bleak atmosphere". But the purpose of a space suit is to safely work in a total absence of atmosphere.

April 1st is over people! (1)

Phizzle (1109923) | more than 4 years ago | (#31763130)

It looks like something that a six year old would draw, and the comments that come with it are pretty detached from reality. Stick to designing clothes for giant robots and vampires with multiple prehensile penises.

Because an ugly female-astronaut can't perform (3, Insightful)

Superdarion (1286310) | more than 4 years ago | (#31763162)

So, a woman manages to overcome all the dificulties it represents to move in a male-dominated environment, doing what few women have done in the past, struggling not only to accomplish her main mission in space but also to destroy those obsolete, yet still in place, ideas that certain areas belong to men only, and here comes some idiotic designer saying "a girl has to be pretty"?!

so that she can feel at ease as she carries out a tough mission

Fuck Tae!

Re:Because an ugly female-astronaut can't perform (2, Insightful)

coaxial (28297) | more than 4 years ago | (#31765152)

So, a woman manages to overcome all the dificulties it represents to move in a male-dominated environment, doing what few women have done in the past, struggling not only to accomplish her main mission in space but also to destroy those obsolete, yet still in place, ideas that certain areas belong to men only, and here comes some idiotic designer saying "a girl has to be pretty"?!

Most women can do both. Just because they can do anything a man can do, doesn't mean they can't be feminine.
To imply that femininity necessitates lesser performance is down right sexist.

Re:Because an ugly female-astronaut can't perform (1)

frank_adrian314159 (469671) | more than 4 years ago | (#31768456)

So, a woman manages to overcome all the dificulties it represents to move in a male-dominated environment, doing what few women have done in the past, struggling not only to accomplish her main mission in space but also to destroy those obsolete, yet still in place, ideas that certain areas belong to men only, and here comes some idiotic designer saying "a girl has to be pretty"?

How many times have you had a woman appear before Congress and one of the things the news story mentions is what she is wearing? Just because a woman has overcome sexism to get where she is doesn't mean that sexism is done with her. And, yes, women are still judged that way.

Re:Because an ugly female-astronaut can't perform (1)

mdwh2 (535323) | more than 4 years ago | (#31768892)

Hear hear. There's something particularly depressing that they even have the cheek to suggest that it's sexist when women aren't expected to dress up and look pretty, by labelling that "male".

I'm reminded of the recent news of a Barbie computer geek [bbc.co.uk] . Yes, apparently the idea that in computer jobs, women can wear what they like, just like men do, is sexist, and it would be so much better if women were under pressure to dress up and wear make-up like a Barbie doll, like they have to in many other jobs. Again, we have the ridiculous tactic of painting this as being "a man's world":

Web developer and former dotcom employee Rachel Andrew says, in style terms, computing is still a man's, man's, man's world.

"It's very much a young man's industry," says Ms Andrew, now director of Edgeofmyseat.com. "Women find the need to become quite laddish. You try and become very geeky and not particularly feminine."

According to her, expecting women to dress up and behave differently to men is fine, because that's what being a woman is about, but jobs where they don't have to do this makes it a "man's, man's, man's world". (There's nothing stopping women wearing make-up in a geek job - or indeed the men, come to that; in most jobs we don't have that choice, but geek jobs are more tolerant for all sexes. How is that a sexist thing?)

Where's the school girl skirt? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31763202)

Based off what I have picked up over the years on Japanese culture (from pr0n), I would have assumed that a spacesuit for a female Japanese astronaut would have incorporated some kind of school girl uniform motif. To be honest, I'm a bit disappointed.

Re:Where's the school girl skirt? (1)

v1 (525388) | more than 4 years ago | (#31763456)

or maid? you can't forget the maids

slow news day? (4, Insightful)

ckaminski (82854) | more than 4 years ago | (#31763240)

My god, the summary leads you to believe they actually made a designer "space-suit", you know, for EVAs. At least that's what it led *me* to believe.

This is GAP for the Japanese Space Agency. Boo!

Man, legs like those could wrap around you twice!

Must be a slow news day.

Re:slow news day? (2, Interesting)

geekoid (135745) | more than 4 years ago | (#31763302)

"This is GAP for the Japanese Space Agency. Boo!"

What's wrong with that? the more everyday stuff that gets involved in space, means space is getting more accessible.

Re:slow news day? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31763494)

We were hoping for a design based on, you know, anime?
I mean, I'm just sayin.

Re:slow news day? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31769280)

That's really not true. At all. It's the technology, not the fashion. 1950's much?

Re:slow news day? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31763426)

My god, the summary leads you to believe they actually made a designer "space-suit", you know, for EVAs. At least that's what it led *me* to believe.

If you mean Neon Genesis EVAngelion, Gainax has already made a couple of test plug suits [sankakucomplex.com] .

Re:slow news day? (1)

jollyreaper (513215) | more than 4 years ago | (#31763874)

My god, the summary leads you to believe they actually made a designer "space-suit", you know, for EVAs

For EVAs? No, those are called plug suits. And they're pretty hawt if you're into underage girls drawn with sexually disproportionate bodies.

Re:slow news day? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31767420)

<3 Rei Ayanami.

Re:slow news day? (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 4 years ago | (#31764896)

Man, legs like those could wrap around you twice!

OMG, I just figured it out. You know why her legs are so long? Two words: Tentacle Rape.

Japanese design? (2, Informative)

geekoid (135745) | more than 4 years ago | (#31763272)

At least it will have ports for tentacles~
.

Re:Japanese design? (2, Funny)

Kingrames (858416) | more than 4 years ago | (#31763648)

but making those holes is part of the fun!

Ye gods, those legs (3, Insightful)

Chris Mattern (191822) | more than 4 years ago | (#31763296)

Maybe next time she can design a spacesuit for a human. It's been a long time since the fashion industry designed anything for actual human beings.

Re:Ye gods, those legs (1)

Bugamn (1769722) | more than 4 years ago | (#31764368)

You know, people in space need to be sensitive about other species too!

Legslonger than body (1)

Psychotic_Wrath (693928) | more than 4 years ago | (#31763298)

I don't usually tag things but I thought this deserved the tag legslongerthanbody

Re:Legslonger than body (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31763490)

Yes, and legslongelthanbody.

What? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31763406)

"so that she can feel at ease as she carries out a tough mission in a male-dominated, bleak atmosphere."

I don't think anyone is going to feel at ease if their legs are that long and they have to go around the ISS. Plus... SERIOUSLY? Space suits are about functionality and safety, not looking "chic and hip".

idle idle idle (1)

eexaa (1252378) | more than 4 years ago | (#31763496)

Shouldn't this belong to idle?

Re:idle idle idle (1)

Captain Spam (66120) | more than 4 years ago | (#31764170)

Hard to say, really. I mean, from a blunt, immediate standpoint, it IS rather a bit silly and useless, but thinking long-term, if they can pull something like this off, this may be a precursor to treating space travel more like a casual thing (i.e. making science fiction into reality). I'd say it fits in not-Idle.

Now, if this WERE the future and we were already casually going to our colonies on the moon, and THEN someone decided to do something like this, then that'd DEFINITELY be something in Idle.

Japan. . . Brr. (1)

Fantastic Lad (198284) | more than 4 years ago | (#31763570)

Yep. The Japanese are alien to us.

Even their electrical sockets don't match ours. The metaphor carries nicely.

Never the twain shall meet, and if it does, it'll read backwards, the emotional beats will be in all the wrong places, and the story won't make any damned sense upon reflection. Except for Miyazaki. Somehow, he's managed to transcend the weirdness of his own culture.

His legs fit into his trousers.

-FL

'Designer' Stuff is a Scam (2, Insightful)

MacGyver2210 (1053110) | more than 4 years ago | (#31763762)

I think 'designer' clothing is a scam in any form or market. Paying more for something because a certain person's name is on it is the height of shallow stupidity. Extending this to a market where safety and reliability are the only real concerns, and adding fashion concerns over function, is simply irresponsible. If any of these suits are actually produced and used, it will be abundantly clear why the space program on this planet as a whole is failing.

jesus fucking christ (1)

jollyreaper (513215) | more than 4 years ago | (#31763838)

Who drew that, an anorexic Rob Liefeld?

Re:jesus fucking christ (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31764812)

Who drew that, an anorexic Rob Liefeld?

In case you don't follow American comics, look at this rendition of how Liefeld "broke" Captain America [photobucket.com]
This reminds me of a hilarious review of the 40 worst Bob Liefeld shortcomings [progressiveboink.com] . Scroll down to item 38 "Feet"

A bit disappointing... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31763918)

Based on what I know of Japenese culture (from watching many fine Japanese pr0n movies), I was expecting some sort of school girl uniform motif.

Barbarella's suit looked better (1)

Latinhypercube (935707) | more than 4 years ago | (#31764018)

Barbarella's suit looked better. How about exposed nipples and knee length boots ? I'm sure the other astronauts would approve.

If Anime taught me anything... (1)

DarthVain (724186) | more than 4 years ago | (#31764108)

it's that space girls wear very short skirts, with bows, etc...

This design seems a bit too practical if you ask me!

Also EVA suits should be as thick as paint, and as form fitting. None of this bulky BS the Americans and Russians came up with!

Re:If Anime taught me anything... (1)

dacarr (562277) | more than 4 years ago | (#31764186)

Like your take on the EVA suit. Moveover, though, if I were to design it, the wearer would have to be as mobile as they would be if they were in street clothes - currently existing suits don't exactly allow this.

Problem with such an idea is that the combined concept would involve something that is a) properly insulating against cold, vacuum, and radiation, and b) primarily consists of a spandex bodysuit. I don't think technology quite exists at this point that neatly combines the two.

Re:If Anime taught me anything... (2, Interesting)

sznupi (719324) | more than 4 years ago | (#31764638)

There you go...

http://mvl.mit.edu/EVA/biosuit/index.html [mit.edu] (check the gallery)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_activity_suit [wikipedia.org]

You don't really need insulation from "cold" and vacuum - human skin is already great for those; it's almost impenetrable to gasses, and "cold" isn't the same kind of problem as in the atmoshpere (because there's no direct heat exchange) - after all, vacuum is a pretty good heat insulator (thermos...), so you have to worry mostly about overheating...and skin has great mechanism to deal with that (+ the suit being bright so it won't get too hot in sunlight). Radiation...well, shield for that can be a loose, external (even separate) layer.

The only major thing human skin lacks is mechanical rigidity; it expands in a vacuum, causing internal pressure of the body to drop. Well, suits from above links combat that expansion by providing mechanical pressure required.

Re:If Anime taught me anything... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31765280)

"...insulating against cold..."

Against the hey what now?

This is space, not Antarctica.

Space Channel 5 (1)

Captain Spam (66120) | more than 4 years ago | (#31764200)

Looking over the comments so far, I guess I really am a pathetic video game nerd after all, since the first thing I thought with the combination of "Japanese", "Designer", and "Space Suit" was Space Channel 5, and it looks like nobody else did.

*sigh* I guess I'll go dig myself a basement to dwell in now...

I can't wait until... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31764632)

When will they design something traditional for an Irish or Scottish astronaut? Imagine that in 0G!

i feel cheated (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31764664)

Where's the silver synthetic spandex spacesuit I was expecting ?!

Preferably with matching high heeled Barbarella boots ... Rrraowrr!

Is there a design for human astronauts too? (1)

Minwee (522556) | more than 4 years ago | (#31764732)

Or will women whose legs aren't two metres long just have to wear bright orange jumpsuits?

OMG! RUN FOR YOUR LIVES! (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 4 years ago | (#31764914)

It's Slender Woman! 8-(

(clearly only the males of the species have tentacles coming out of their back...hmm maybe they originate from Japan? It's all coming together now...)

two words: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31764946)

fly naked

WWI and II designs (1)

WindBourne (631190) | more than 4 years ago | (#31765058)

And more importantly, Allies, not Axis.

Standing out (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31767140)

Standing out is a great way to fit in.

Make sure that everyone around knows that you are different and must be treated differently.

Giraffe? (1)

wisnoskij (1206448) | more than 4 years ago | (#31767712)

Is the guy half giraffe or just on stilts.
That is not even close to human proportions.

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