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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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bob May 01 2014 at 9:19 PM


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jejozi bob May 02 2014 at 12:24 AM

We're in a depression? Really? My state is doing quite nicely. Housing starts, sales of existing homes, construction starts, car sales and sales of durable goods are climbing. Unemployment is 4.8%. You must live down south.

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Blastmsco jejozi May 02 2014 at 12:31 AM

maybe he's referring to peoples mental state?

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the5thangelrose jejozi May 02 2014 at 9:20 AM

Your ignorance of the American economy is outstanding. You are one of those "got mine" people with their heads in the sand.

I'd provide you a free lesson, but it is doubtful you have the necessary gray matter to grasp and comprehend it.

If you are gainfully employed, good for you. May you be blessed with never losing that job and facing long-term unemployment. May you never experience being in a demographic that is discriminated against by employers. And may you never lose your home because of the policies in Washington.

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Fay May 01 2014 at 9:25 PM

Great, we have designed a space suit for Mars. Has anyone heard of ship in the works that will take us there? Duh!

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ernestmoney May 01 2014 at 9:56 PM

This space suite looks like a sears and robucks kids granimals short pants getup, from the sixtys. the suite we have now looks furtureistic and badass the way it should be!!!!

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ohiohikingstick May 01 2014 at 10:34 PM

Why, ????? Obama killed the space program and Russia will most likely not transport us after Obama messes up the Crimea and Ukraine situation. We will be begging rides from China, France Uganda.

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Tupalov144 May 01 2014 at 11:16 PM

To Mars we go. $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$.Science fiction or?

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nanjed May 02 2014 at 12:12 AM

I still cant beleive we ended the shuttle "building" space program. Embarrasing enough that we are now standing on the edge of the road "to space" with out thumb out hoping for a ride to the space station. Now, russia will soon slow down, roll down the window on their shiney rocket, and flip us off as they blast off into space. Now, we are worried about a space suit?? Someones priorities are so messed up! Chicken before the egg?

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arcoregar nanjed May 02 2014 at 9:00 AM

Probably wouldn't sting so much if we weren't giving billions to other countries, most of who can't stand us.

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Rich nanjed May 02 2014 at 10:09 AM

well tell us about priorities, I would like you to tell me exactly what is being done on the space station and do you believe that what is being done on the space station cannot be done better right her on terra firma............what is the goal of the Space station?

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Mike May 02 2014 at 1:04 AM

Why are we spending money on this when our bridges and highways need repair?

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dandydon255 May 02 2014 at 1:08 AM

Would someone explain to this dumbass why we are spending all this $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ on NASA?????? as far as deep space exploration is concerned. What are we EVER going to get out of it ????

Forty years to the nearest star at the speed of light or 50,000 years with the fastest space ship we have now. Generations would have to be born and grow-up in flight.

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Mark and Freya dandydon255 May 02 2014 at 7:24 AM

Numbskull, the closet star to Earth is Proxima Centauri. Traveling there from Earth at the speed of light would take 4.2 years (i.e. the distance is 4.2 light years), not 40 years. In case you weren't listening in elementary school science class a light year is the distance it takes for light to travel in one year. The speed of light being ~186,000 miles/sec. Talk about the dumbing down of America, DUH!

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Rich Mark and Freya May 02 2014 at 10:04 AM

dumbing down of America indeed, the closes star to earth is our Sun. We have as much chance of landing there as we do developing a space ship that can travel the speed of light, but you did get one thing right, the DUH!

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the5thangelrose dandydon255 May 02 2014 at 9:07 AM

Hey Don , be pleased that you met and surpassed your demonstrated ignorance quota early today. Well done.

NASA programs have delivered real-world medical, health, engineering, materials, communications, aerotech, and manufacturing benefits to the US and the world with over a 50-to-1 return on investment. Given your evident lack of knowledge and facts here, that means for every dollar spent, we get fifty dollars of benefits. No other US Federal program can even come close to that fact.

You must be one of those outspoken leaders from the entitlement generation. Am I right?

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Rich the5thangelrose May 02 2014 at 11:17 AM

Well, let's see with that thinking,why don't we (the taxpayer) invest another trillion dollars in NASA programs.......at 50 to 1 RONA that would give us 50 trillion dollars, we have a national debt of 17 trillion, we now have a surplus of 33 trillion dollars....HORRAY!!!! HAPPY DAYS ARE HERE AGAIN, YADDA, YADDA, YADDA. THE5THANGELROSE IS A FREAKING GENIOUS

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the5thangelrose May 02 2014 at 8:58 AM

This announcement and media display is bogus on many levels. These new spacesuit designs are simply space fashion hype developed to get media attention and create buzz. A manned Mars launch is a good 25-30 years off if then. Technology improvements in communication devices, oxygen supply tanks, biometric monitors, helmets, etc will shrink and eliminate the back-pack look.

The attempt here to look like something from Halo or Iron Man is silly and ridiculous. Electroluminescent wiring wastes energy and has little functional value.

This "contest" was a desperate effort to get attention. How tragic and sad that NASA is reduced to doing fashion shows and bad ones at that.

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