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'Tron-Like' design chosen as NASA's next spacesuit

'Tron-Like' Design Chosen As NASA's Next Spacesuit

It's time for Tron. NASA has announced the results of a public vote for its next-generation spacesuit design.

With more than 60 percent of 200,000 votes, the 'Technology' option won. NASA says it's 'laser-focused' on heading to Mars, and that this new Z-series of spacesuits will help determine what astronauts will live and work in on the martian planet one day.

But of course, what's hard to ignore is that this suit looks like the get-ups from the 'Tron' movies, which we're guessing played a part in that public vote.

As NASA explains, these suits will feature electroluminescent wiring, never-before-used in a space suit.

The options that didn't make the cut - shown at center and right here - were called "Biomimicry" and "Trends in Society."

As Arstechnica explains, one cool thing about these suits is they aren't really suits at all – astronauts will crawl into them through an airlock instead of suiting up - the suits are kind of like spaceships themselves.

The suit won't be ready until November. It'll need to undergo testing in vacuum chambers and in indoor pools. And this version of the suit is the Z-2, there could still be more prototypes and versions before we head to Mars.

And a spokesperson for NASA told NBC they're happy to have the comparisons to "Tron." : "​We're always going to find those parallels between science fiction and reality ... I'm all for it."

Now if we could only get Jeff Bridges into space. We're all for that.

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advancedbuilddes May 01 2014 at 4:19 PM

Shouldnt the rocket come first !

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Jeb May 01 2014 at 5:36 PM

F'get it.
Obama have his way, ain't nobody goin' nowhere.

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Len Jeb May 01 2014 at 6:03 PM

Not paying attention, are you? He has been a strong supporter of SpaceX and the other private space enterprises and they will have us on Mars by 2030. Or, you have been watching Fox News which is even less enlightening than not paying attention.

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fernandezarthr May 01 2014 at 5:36 PM

......but does it works???....

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alspoolhall May 01 2014 at 5:31 PM

What in the heck are you talking about?! A space "suit" safe for Mars . . . yeah right.

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FRED May 01 2014 at 5:22 PM

There is no reason to head to Mars, not yet. First learn to live on the moon then head off to Mars. The moon is only 4 days from home in case of emergency. Heading to Mars is foolhardy and I am a huge NASA supporter and always will be, but do it in the right way.

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jejozi FRED May 02 2014 at 12:38 AM

Man, I'm glad you though of that! I'll bet NASA did a forehead smack after reading your post. "Why didn't WE think of that??"

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obloodyblada May 01 2014 at 5:07 PM

Where's the flag?

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fgaryg obloodyblada May 01 2014 at 5:36 PM

obuma said NO flag

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traveler2001 fgaryg May 01 2014 at 7:10 PM

are you still in grade school?

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rep5150 fgaryg May 01 2014 at 7:49 PM

Gabby Giffords husband ( Camander Mark Kelly quoted) It took 10 presidents to make NASA wonderful and it took 1 to destroy it.

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Jim May 01 2014 at 4:58 PM

Looks like a hipster Michelin man.

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mkwrblwsk Jim May 01 2014 at 5:04 PM

Good one, LOL.

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Michael May 01 2014 at 4:48 PM

We all know what happens whenever obama is "laser focused". Just look at the economy and job creation.

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rudylb10 May 01 2014 at 4:44 PM

Aren't we hitch hiking on Russian rockets? Aren't we in a pissing contest with the Russians? A manned Mars mission in the near future is about as likely as Obama's policies improving the economy.

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cbcmkting May 01 2014 at 6:43 PM

Can we suit up obama?? New reality show..obama lost in space a la gravity...

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traveler2001 cbcmkting May 01 2014 at 7:09 PM

so glad you kids post here instead of a grownup site

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