You Can Help Pick NASA’s Next Spacesuit

NASA Z2 spacesuit

…And the designs even incorporate 3D printing!  For its first “surface-specific planetary mobility suit to be tested in full vacuum” (aka one of the first spacesuits designed for an actual landing since the ones used on the moon), NASA is running three designs against each other, and you, the grounded, tax-paying public, can weigh in.

The options include Biomimicry, inspired by the world’s oceans, Technology, which looks retro and futuristic at the same time, and Trends in Society (above), intended to reflect what normal space clothing might look like in the future, when we all live on Mars.  Each suit uses 3D human laser scans and 3D printed hardware for correct sizing.  To be technically correct, the advanced interiors are the same in every option of the Z2 (the model’s actual name) and voting is limited to the prototype’s outer layer, produced in conjunction with students at Philadelphia University and spacesuit company ILC.

Polling is open until April 15, so be sure to cast your vote when you’re done filing your taxes.