NASA’s New Astronaut Suits Are Straight Out Of ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’

Someone at Boeing has been on a serious Kubrick kick, as evidenced by the new spacesuits for its NASA Starliner astronauts. The blue suits, which were revealed today, combine a retro flare with a modern feel.

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In fact, the suits look just like a smoothed out version of the blue spacesuit in 2001: A Space Odyssey. Here’s still from the movie:

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“The most important part is that the suit will keep you alive,” astronaut Eric Boe said in a press release. “It is a lot lighter, more form-fitting and it’s simpler, which is always a good thing. Complicated systems have more ways they can break, so simple is better on something like this.”

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“The spacesuit acts as the emergency backup to the spacecraft’s redundant life support systems,” Richard Watson, subsystem manager for spacesuits for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program said. “If everything goes perfectly on a mission, then you don’t need a spacesuit. It’s like having a fire extinguisher close by in the cockpit. You need it to be effective if it is needed.”

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