NASA's Next Spacesuit Makes Astronauts Look Like Big Garbage Bags

NASA is currently testing a prototype Z-1 spacesuit that looks more like a horrible, quasi-futuristic Ghostbusters and trash bag mash-up than an awesome suit that's meant to be worn in space. Why does it look like this? Because NASA has no idea where it's headed next.

The idea of the Z-1 spacesuit, according to Popular Mechanics, is to be completely versatile for any situation. Because NASA's next destination is unclear, the suit has to be ready for every space destination. Right now, the suit is being tested in a vacuum chamber and is capable of exploring, floating and weathering radiation in deep space. There's a purpose to this madness! Or something like that.

The backpack port connects the suit with the spacecraft. It looks not unlike what I imagine a space surfboard to look like. According to Popular Mechanics, the Z-1 suit has bearings at the waist, hips, upper legs and ankles for mobility. The outer covering also hides the inner suit, "a layer of urethane-coated nylon retains air, and a polyester layer allows the suit to hold its shape." That all sounds so fancy but I want my astronauts to look like superheroes, not space trash bags. Head over to Popular Mechanics to check out the Z-1 suit in more detail. [Popular Mechanics via DVICE]


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    errr, well it looks a hell of a lot better and more versatile than those bulky things they wear these days. I think it looks good... except the school shoes, whats up with that?

    Looks like a design for a wearable Xbox judging buy the colour scheme

    The suit may be ugly BECAUSE IT'S A PROTOTYPE!
    Maybe after they make sure it works, they can make it look better.

    Who cares what it looks like. There isn't going to be any fashion contests in space...

      What if our astronauts run into an alien race? First impressions count.

        Don't you think they might be too busy wondering where all his tentacles are?

    Looks like he has a giant iPad on the back....

      Correction, it looks like he has a hatch on his back, which is what it is.

    The current ones look like someone got a surplus of small-gauge airconditioning ducts, if you want to launch criticism about looks...

    Really, I reckon this is fine. What's important is function - a nicer-looking form can come later.

    it looks like he's wearing space undies over space shorts over space pants

    I hope we don't meet any other beings in this embarrassing get-up

    All Superheroes have the undies on the outside...??

    Buzz lightyear!

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