NASA's next generation of space suit looks very, um, familiar. The "Z-1 Prototype Spacesuit and Portable Life Support System (PLSS) 2.0," with its strategic placement of white and lime green, bears a striking resemblance to that of the Buzz Lightyear costume worn in the Toy Story franchise films. Hit the thumbs to check out all the similarities.
Visuals aside, NASA's first spacesuit in 20 years has its own technological advances.
On the rear will be a giant backpack which doubles as a hatch that can latch onto another space ship or Rover-like vehicle. There is therefore no need for ‘Prebreathing’ which involves using oxygen to make sure the suit is the same pressure as the ship, and can take up to an hour.
There will be better bearings on the legs, ankles, hips and waist to help astronauts move more naturally whilst a urethane-coated nylon and polyester layers control the pressure more efficiently.
New technology will also create more efficient cooling and will get rid of carbon dioxide more easily. Currently certain components have to be baked between missions to get rid of it.
OK, that's cool and all, but can we continue talking about how much the spacesuit looks like the one worn by Buzz Lightyear?
[via Daily Mail UK]