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NASA's First New Spacesuit In 20 Years Is Its Own Airlock

samzenpus posted more than 2 years ago | from the astronaut's-new-clothes dept.

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Zothecula writes "The current U.S. space suit used by NASA is a dinosaur. Designed in 1992, it was only ever intended to be used by crews aboard the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station (ISS). That may have been good enough in the days of 14 kps modems, but with eyes turning increasingly toward missions to the Moon, Mars and the asteroids, space explorers need something better. That's why NASA is designing its first new suit in twenty years. Developed by NASA's Advanced Exploration Systems (AES), the Z-1 prototype space suit currently undergoing vacuum testing at the Johnson Space Center is a wearable laboratory of new technology. And it's a hatchback."

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Lime green, FTW! (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40787149)

Um.... FTW!

yeah.

Re:Lime green, FTW! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40787361)

Geez, you know, it figures. I'm up late on a slow Thursday, and some story about a stupid lime green spacesuit comes on. I read the story and can't figure out how there aren't any comments. Ok, so I've been reading Slashdot for about 30 years, and I *should* know what to do, but I didn't log in so I'm posting as AC, and all I could think of was that stupid post above. I did get the "FTW" in, but no Portman or grits and shit like that. So, I see these other yahoos post after me with witty things, and I'm thinking, "Seriously?", and I just wanna say,

First response to first post!!

Re:Disney IP, FTW! (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40787379)

I smell a lawsuit.

Re:Disney IP, FTW! (5, Funny)

kaws (2589929) | more than 2 years ago | (#40787813)

No no no, we're talking about a spacesuit here. :P

Ugly..... (0)

Dun Kick The Noob (904001) | more than 2 years ago | (#40787165)

Green and UGLY and looks like a worm
Going to be joke fodder

Re:Ugly..... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40787199)

Yes, because aesthetics are TOTALLY a big priority in space exploration.

Re:Ugly..... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40787743)

Manned space exploration isn't funded because we need to. It is funded because we want to. It is basically a fancier version of the Blue Angels. Mars rovers can look as unaesthetic as you want. But an astronaut, who theoretically could be fighting giant octopuses and pirates in space needs to look right. NASA should really talk to Blizzard or Bioware about how to make astronauts look like Space Marines.

Re:Ugly..... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40788839)

of course they should light the wearers face like so many SciFi movies. It's just so easy to see out into darkness with a damn light shining you in the face while visor shines you in the face.

Re:Ugly..... (1)

jimmydevice (699057) | more than 2 years ago | (#40787925)

Worm green or yellow with black stripes. Both are indicators that this is something most brains lock on to, and don't fuck with it.

Re:Ugly..... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40788603)

"Worm green or yellow with black stripes. Both are indicators that this is something most brains lock on to, and don't fuck with it."

You don't fuck with Belters.

Re:Ugly..... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40788711)

I found their design prototype.

To infinity and beyond! [empireonline.com]

Re:Ugly..... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40787253)

Green and UGLY and looks like a worm
Going to be joke fodder

Nobody cares what the damn thing looks like; it's meant to protect, not impress.

Re:Ugly..... (2)

TheInternetGuy (2006682) | more than 2 years ago | (#40787299)

Green and UGLY and looks like a worm Going to be joke fodder

Nobody cares what the damn thing looks like; it's meant to protect, not impress.

I hear you, but did they have to make it look like the hunchback of Notre-dame

Re:Ugly..... (5, Funny)

maharvey (785540) | more than 2 years ago | (#40787397)

Shouldn't that be the hatchback of Notre-dame?

Re:Ugly..... (1)

TheInternetGuy (2006682) | more than 2 years ago | (#40787513)

Why yes, yes it should.

Re:Ugly..... (-1, Offtopic)

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Re:Ugly..... (1)

Lord Lode (1290856) | more than 2 years ago | (#40788703)

But still someone actually CHOSE to make it the color lime green, while there are so many other colors!

Re:Ugly..... (5, Funny)

robthebloke (1308483) | more than 2 years ago | (#40787449)

To infinity and beyond! (Is it just me, or have they actually built Buzz Lightyear?)

Re:Ugly..... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40787889)

It is "manned" space exploration, not "women" space exploration. Man has no fashion sense and if he can get away wearing the same shirt everyday, he will. ;)

Re:Ugly..... (2)

nospam007 (722110) | more than 2 years ago | (#40788615)

"Man has no fashion sense and if he can get away wearing the same shirt everyday, he will. ;)"

Indeed, I'm he, I order 25 black shirts every couple of months and hence I always know what to wear, while my wife struggles each evening what to wear the next day.

I can do without that.

Re:Ugly..... (2)

Zak3056 (69287) | more than 2 years ago | (#40788827)

I order 25 black shirts every couple of months and hence I always know what to wear

I knew Steve Jobs wasn't dead!

Re:Ugly..... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40788843)

"I knew Steve Jobs wasn't dead!"

Mostly dead. :-)

Re:Ugly..... (2)

tehcyder (746570) | more than 2 years ago | (#40788883)

I order 25 black shirts every couple of months and hence I always know what to wear

You are aware that there are things called washing machines? You don't actually need to wear clothes until they smell then throw them away.

To infinity.... (5, Funny)

MrQuacker (1938262) | more than 2 years ago | (#40787169)

and beyond!

Re:To infinity.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40787183)

You beat me to it! It doesn't look like a worm, it looks like Buzz Lightyear.

Re:To infinity.... (5, Informative)

margeman2k3 (1933034) | more than 2 years ago | (#40787297)

It's almost identical to Buzz's suit.

* Green on the chest piece
* Green at the elbows
* Green around the crotch
* Green around the hands
* Bubble dome
It's just missing the decals and wings.

Just for comparison:
NASA [gizmag.com]
Pixar [wikimedia.org]

Re:To infinity.... (5, Funny)

andrewa (18630) | more than 2 years ago | (#40787799)

And has a "rear entry panel". Woody, are you listening?

Re:To infinity.... (2)

jimmydevice (699057) | more than 2 years ago | (#40788241)

With a rear entry, woody is his friend.

Hatchback (1)

inexia (977449) | more than 2 years ago | (#40787175)

I guess that is one way to say gastrointestinal appeasement...

snide remark.. (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40787189)

20 years old and it is a dinosaur? You young'ins are obsessed with the Shiny.

Its Android!!!! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40787195)

Google must have had a hand in this one!

Only suit fabric protecting crew from hard vacuum? (4, Interesting)

leftie (667677) | more than 2 years ago | (#40787231)

Leaving a spacesuit docked on a ship and now having nothing but the structural integrity of that suit between a crew and hard vacuum doesn't sound like a particularly bright idea.

Re:Only suit fabric protecting crew from hard vacu (5, Informative)

EdIII (1114411) | more than 2 years ago | (#40787319)

It doesn't seem that way. These suits can act a higher pressure which allows them to dock to the spacecraft in the first place. So they must be sturdier.

Also, it's not like when the suit leaves that the ship is exposed to space. There must be an additional "hatch" that is closed around the suit opening to allow it to leave.

So when docked you have the structural integrity of the suit itself (life support backpack plus suit plus helmet) and the structural integrity of the "hatch" that is not mentioned.

It's not a full blown traditional airlock because there is not a separate space that has to have the pressure equalized before you can enter the space craft. In a way it is a mini-airlock because you will still need to equalize that small space in between the hatch and the suit.

The greatest advantage to this is speed. No pre-breathing and cycle time in a big airlock. You could be out in space in minutes it sounds like, or less.

Re:Only suit fabric protecting crew from hard vacu (4, Insightful)

mbone (558574) | more than 2 years ago | (#40787471)

The greatest advantage to this is speed. No pre-breathing and cycle time in a big airlock. You could be out in space in minutes it sounds like, or less.

The other great advantage is that one person should be able to put on their own suit - now, it takes substantial help from a partner.

Re:Only suit fabric protecting crew from hard vacu (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40787505)

You also avoid tracking anything that gets onto the suit into the vehicle with these things. The Apollo crews can tell you how big a deal that is for a mission of any duration, and it looks like Mars dust is if anything worse.

Re:Only suit fabric protecting crew from hard vacu (1)

X0563511 (793323) | more than 2 years ago | (#40787923)

That's likely one of the prime design factors - how to avoid contamination.

You'll still have the hatchback hatch exposed, but that would be much smaller and can probably be made smoother specifically to aid in cleaning. You might even be able to coat it with a film prior to disembarkment that, on coming back in, could be peeled off and processed.

Re:Only suit fabric protecting crew from hard vacu (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40788199)

They're fines, not dust! Calling fines dust is like calling dust gravel!

Re:Only suit fabric protecting crew from hard vacu (4, Informative)

Spy Handler (822350) | more than 2 years ago | (#40788281)

There's wind erosion on Mars so the dust over there is pretty smooth... nothing like the jagged nasty Moon stuff.

Re:Only suit fabric protecting crew from hard vacu (-1, Offtopic)

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Re:Only suit fabric protecting crew from hard vacu (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40788775)

The greatest advantage to this is speed. No pre-breathing and cycle time in a big airlock. You could be out in space in minutes it sounds like, or less.

Great for when you just REALLY have to take a piss... IN SPACE!!!

Seriously though... what is a 14kps modem? A modem that does 14 kilos per second? 14 kilo... what?

Not to pick at nits, but did the person who failed to proof-read before hitting the "post" button fail to proof read? Shouldn't that have been 14.4 kbps? As in... 14.4 kilobits per second? Which, oh, by the way, was fast enough back in the day, to download grainy, pixelated images of girls half-out of their bikinis... which was great on an Amdek Video-310A monochrome monitor... hooked up to a Hercules Monochrome Graphics Adapter card... ah, the good-ol' days. :^)

Re:Only suit fabric protecting crew from hard vacu (1)

White Flame (1074973) | more than 2 years ago | (#40787329)

I'd be shocked if there weren't also a ship-interior cover for the hatch.

Re:Only suit fabric protecting crew from hard vacu (1)

mbone (558574) | more than 2 years ago | (#40787479)

I'd be shocked if there weren't also a ship-interior cover for the hatch.

I believe that the rear hatch can be closed while it is docked..

Re:Only suit fabric protecting crew from hard vacu (0)

TapeCutter (624760) | more than 2 years ago | (#40787407)

Meh, the walls of the Apollo moon lander were literally made out of tinfoil, the astronaughts could easily have wrecked the cramped ship with a careless movement of an arm or a leg when they were putting on their suits (which they did in the lander, not beforehand on the orbiter).

Re:Only suit fabric protecting crew from hard vacu (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40787781)

That's a common myth, the crew cabin was considerably sturdier since it was a pressure vessel keeping the atmosphere inside the crew cabin. What was "tinfoil" were the mylar thermal covers on the outside of the descent stage.

Re:Only suit fabric protecting crew from hard vacu (2)

flyingfsck (986395) | more than 2 years ago | (#40788043)

Accoring to Buz Aldrin, the panels were thin enough that they would pop during presurization and go 'bongggg...' - like an oil can.

Re:Only suit fabric protecting crew from hard vacu (1)

sFurbo (1361249) | more than 2 years ago | (#40788691)

Oil cans are quite a bit thicker than tin foil. You don't need to take special care to avoid breaking oil cans.

Re:Only suit fabric protecting crew from hard vacu (4, Informative)

lxs (131946) | more than 2 years ago | (#40788513)

The atmosphere inside was pure oxygen at 0.2 bar, allowing the walls of the LEM to be very thin. Still, more like an oil drum than like tinfoil.

Re:Only suit fabric protecting crew from hard vacu (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40787591)

holy shit you're right. lucky you caught that or the scientists at NASA's Advanced Exploration Systems might've had a large problem on their hands.

Why even bother... (4, Insightful)

stretch0611 (603238) | more than 2 years ago | (#40787235)

As much as I value the space program, I am questioning the need for designing a new space suit.

Congress constantly targets NASA for budget cuts...

With its limited budget NASA seems more interesting in robotic flights instead of manned flights. They seem to be using more things like the Mars Rover.

We do not even have a space fleet right now. The shuttles have been mothballed and sold off as museum pieces and we now send people to the space station by buying them passage on soviet vessels launched out of Kazakhstan.

The future of manned space flight seems to be private industry in the US. How come NASA is spending the money designing suits instead of the future space companies?

Re:Why even bother... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40787291)

I bet the suit started being designed 5 or 10 years ago when the situation right now seemed impossible. The project is finally finished since no one terminated it early. It happens especially in government agencies where the department would be canned once the project ends.

Re:Why even bother... (2)

Dun Kick The Noob (904001) | more than 2 years ago | (#40787347)

The space suit is actually vital
A lot of what is limiting astronauts now is the amount of things they can do. Look at NASA's broadcast on repairs taking things out putting things in, things anybody can do.
The suit also needs people to teach them how to put on. Desperate advancements are needed.
Not to mention much needed improvements in dexterity which at first glance it does provide.
Im quite surprised though they havent selected live suits(suits that mould to the body), which are available now

Re:Why even bother... (1)

X0563511 (793323) | more than 2 years ago | (#40787937)

Im quite surprised though they havent selected live suits(suits that mould to the body), which are available now

I'm not. Contamination is much less of a problem here - critical if you're going to be playing around in the dirt.

With these things, it's only the back hatch surface that needs be cleaned/processed. With the form-fitting suits you are thinking of, the whole thing needs to be handled.

Plus, it looks like you can suit up in these much quicker. Each suit might well be usable as a life pod, if you will - especially if you can close it up but keep your environmentals from the main vehicle (just because the cabin is vented doesn't mean the tanks are all empty. That very well may give you enough time to wait for a rescue... and when it comes, you can all take turns docking to the recovery vessel (which would dock it, extract you, and dump the suit making room for the next boarder).

The USA definition of privitizing means... (3, Insightful)

leftie (667677) | more than 2 years ago | (#40787327)

...the government pays 3 times as much for private business to provide half the service that was being provided, and a few Anglo-Saxon guys pocket the rest of the cash.

Re:The USA definition of privitizing means... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40787747)

a few Anglo-Saxon guys pocket the rest of the cash.

Oh, them. That's the Beowulf cluster you've heard tell of.

Re:The USA definition of privitizing means... (0)

DNS-and-BIND (461968) | more than 2 years ago | (#40788657)

What's with the racist comment? +4 Insightful?

Re:The USA definition of privitizing means... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40788671)

"and a few Anglo-Saxon guys pocket the rest of the cash."

It used to be White Anglo-Saxon Protestants, soon to be White Anglo-Saxon Mor(m)ons.

They'll design a hatchback suit for the dog too, that way he can ride on the top of the spaceship.

Re:Why even bother... (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40787687)

Because governments spend money to make things that do not generate profit. Thats one of the reason FOR a government. It is not a business. It is for the public good. This space suit will not generate money, it will generate science. Knowledge. You know, things that we are beneficial for mankind, yet make no money on their own. A corporation would be sued by its share holders for doing something like that. Unless it had a clear profit motive.

The "space companies" will be sending satellites into orbit (or tourists), not going to Mars. They will be in it for the money. When WE, as a PEOPLE, want to go to another planet, we need a government to do it.

Re:Why even bother... (4, Insightful)

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) | more than 2 years ago | (#40787755)

Congress constantly targets NASA for budget cuts...

Congress cuts NASA's budget when the money is not being spent in enough Congressional Districts. NASA isn't about space to Congress. To them it is about getting federal money spent where it helps them get re-elected.

So if the new space suit is constructed of components built in all 435 Congressional Districts, the budget for the suit will not be cut. Really simple, isn't it?

The 1st Congressional District of New Jersey, Camden County, gets to make the middle finger of the right hand! Youse guys gotta prowblem wid dat?

Depressing, isn't it... (1)

pablo_max (626328) | more than 2 years ago | (#40787857)

That is more or less the first thought that I had. "What the heck does NASA need with a spacesuit?"
They are not even able to a man into space anymore.

I have to say, growing up, I never imagined that there would be a day when the USA was no longer able to go into space. That we must buy passage from my childhoods boogieman. I always thought that surely, by the time I am a grown man, the average person would be able to go into space.

On the other hand, maybe it is better that NASA is out of the picture. It does seem that the few private companies are making more progress in 5 years than NASA can in 15.

Re:Depressing, isn't it... (4, Interesting)

turbidostato (878842) | more than 2 years ago | (#40788443)

"It does seem that the few private companies are making more progress in 5 years than NASA can in 15"

Private companies are not even at Gemini level; that's about NASA's 45 years ago, so I'd say you are a bit overenthusiastic, don't you think so?

Re:Depressing, isn't it... (1)

Zak3056 (69287) | more than 2 years ago | (#40788847)

Private companies are not even at Gemini level; that's about NASA's 45 years ago, so I'd say you are a bit overenthusiastic, don't you think so?

To be fair, I don't think NASA is at that level anymore, either.

Re:Why even bother... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40788637)

"How come NASA is spending the money designing suits instead of the future space companies?"

The skin is closer than the skirt.
Does that mean you put on your suit before your underwear?

Superman, is that you?

Hatchback (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40787243)

So, the US has finally caught up with the old Soviets when it comes to spacesuit technology?

Buzz Lightyear (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40787247)

NASA outsourced this particular suit design to Hasbro, who then produced it under a license from Disney/Pixar.

Meh. (4, Insightful)

Altanar (56809) | more than 2 years ago | (#40787269)

Was hoping for something more like this: http://mvl.mit.edu/EVA/biosuit/ [mit.edu]

Re:Meh. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40787351)

Yeah, the new suite still looks old technology wise -- it's probably state of the art but that biosuite is dead sexy. Not just the tight fitting aspects of it, but my good ness it actually looks 21st century.

NASA should concentrate on making their Z1 life-support 'backpack' comfortable to wear over something like the biosuite.

Re:Meh. (1)

cheesybagel (670288) | more than 2 years ago | (#40787689)

AFAIK that suit is stitched by hand and custom fitted to the person. Assuming it actually works it is neither cheap nor practical to produce.

Re:Meh. (4, Interesting)

aXis100 (690904) | more than 2 years ago | (#40788033)

Also, where do you put your testicles? It's all well and good to show a woman in the suit, but I wouldnt want mechanical counter-pressure on my block and tackle.

Re:Meh. (2)

Ogive17 (691899) | more than 2 years ago | (#40788777)

Cod piece... that's what it looks like from the illustration at the bottom of the linked page.

Re:Meh. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40788825)

Jerry Pournelle wrote about suits like this back in the '70s. In his stories, the wearer would use a soft putty to fill in any voids. This was needed, for example, if the wearer had lost weight since the suit had been fitted for them.

Re:Meh. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40788039)

Why would that matter? it's not like you would initially expect to be producing thousands of these. Exactly how many people do we send up into space/how many spacesuits do we go through in 5-10 years even, currently?

Re:Meh. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40788417)

I assume all other spacesuits of all space agencies are also hand made. The current NASA one called Extravehicular Mobility Unit costs 12 M$.

Re:Meh. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40788531)

If it needs to be a close fit to work, what do you do when your body changes due to prolonged weightlessness?

N00b (4, Funny)

Lord Kano (13027) | more than 2 years ago | (#40787279)

14.4k

Re:N00b (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40787481)

Ah, the last modem which actually connected at the speed it was supposed to.

Compare to 28.8k, which I usually saw connect at 26400, or the 56k modem which ranged from 46k-48k, but never as high as 56k.

Re:N00b (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40788859)

I used to use a 56k, and it would connect at 52000 every time. I once (only once) saw a higher connect speed, 54600? Can't remember. It was rock-solid at 52000 though. Maybe you lived a long way from the exchange?

Soviets (4, Informative)

seawall (549985) | more than 2 years ago | (#40787283)

I believe the Soviets had a "hatch-back" earlier. I expect it makes suiting up quite a bit faster and simpler.

Re:Soviets (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40787497)

Yes, Orlan is rear entry (and doesn't require pre-breathing) but there is none of the docking capability. They don't emphasize it that much, but that is actually a pretty big deal for planetary operation where it's just about the perfect solution to dust issues.

Re:Soviets (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40787509)

Mod this up. Prior art in a soviet lunar spacesuit design, I believe.

Re:Soviets (1)

Bieeanda (961632) | more than 2 years ago | (#40787519)

Yep, the old Krechet suit, designed for working on the moon. I'm pretty sure I saw video of someone donning one in Skylab once, too.

Re:Soviets (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40787529)

It also makes it more convenient to visit the space bathroom.

Been there, done that. (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40787337)

Well... in comic form anyway.

http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1000/fv00981.htm

Movies (2)

geezer nerd (1041858) | more than 2 years ago | (#40787445)

When I saw this, my first thought was that it looked a lot like suits that sci-fi moviemakers have imagined over the years.

And looks surprisingly like... (1)

roc97007 (608802) | more than 2 years ago | (#40787489)

Drawings in speculative fiction from the fifties.

Look at the picture of the article author (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40787507)

0.0

Cardinals vs Orleans Saints Live streaming NFL Fo (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40787563)

What about compatibility? (0)

ModernGeek (601932) | more than 2 years ago | (#40787709)

What I want to know is how this suit will work with other space systems out there, and how it will work with the commercial partners private spacecraft. Have they been clued in on this? Do they have the engineering specs, or are they going to have to design their own suits from scratch? I've heard little about the commercial space partners and space suits, so I am really curious as to how this effort can help us keep redundancy low while allowing us to have diversity with the current systems we are investing in for the future. If this is built with public funds, and is 100% NASA, I hope that they haven't only put this in the public domain, as they are required, but hope that they have worked with all the partners, both commercial, and international, to get their input.

Re:What about compatibility? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40787753)

Is any private space company working on EVA? Satellites and space tourism don't seem to lend themselves to space-walks...

Re:What about compatibility? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40788095)

if you want low redundancy, then scrap the project entirely. Instead of suited humans, use a drone, with robotic arms. Controlled from the ship, or even better, ground-side, to do the work.
No spending research time and money on exotic materials, or complex environmental systems.
This isn't the 1970's when the best and only tools were the human eyes and hands.

Whats the point (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40787807)

They have nothing to send it up in.

Maybe they should work on building a better camera (0)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | more than 2 years ago | (#40787837)

Millions of dollars spent and those are the best images we get to see?

My Thesis (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40787871)

Thesis has a great value to serve the time & people.By this we can generate the plan of progress in future life.
If we make plan by thesis & follow it properly I am sure that anyone can prosper in life

My Thesis [my-thesis.net]

Buzz Lightyear (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40788073)

It looks like NASA went out of its way to base its new suite design on a Toy Story character.

Logic consequence (2)

mseeger (40923) | more than 2 years ago | (#40788225)

Now they have a new space suite, they must travel ;-).

And the non-sequitur of the month award goes to... (1)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | more than 2 years ago | (#40788229)

That may have been good enough in the days of 14 kps modems

...but now we need spacesuits with ADSL?

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matata123 (2694877) | more than 2 years ago | (#40788239)

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2 things (3, Interesting)

AdmiralWeirdbeard (832807) | more than 2 years ago | (#40788327)

1. wasnt this on Top Gear last year? when james may drove around the lunar rover they're never going to actually use? pretty sure it was.

2. the phrase 'rear entry spacesuit' is fucking hiLARious.

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old idea? (4, Interesting)

zmollusc (763634) | more than 2 years ago | (#40788581)

It made me think of the film Andromeda Strain (1969), but while googlising for a picture, I found this 1954 image from a nuclear facility.
http://blog.modernmechanix.com/tail-of-hot-suit-serves-as-entrance/ [modernmechanix.com]
Yes, these have 'tails', but the climbing-in-through-the-back part is there.

If you know what I mean (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40788629)

The “Z-1 Prototype Spacesuit and Portable Life Support System (PLSS) 2.0,” to give it its proper name, is what is called a “rear-entry space suit”

*snigger*

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