If you ever wanted to participate in spacesuit design, even in a small way, here’s your big chance. NASA is asking the public to choose which design of the futuristic Z-2 “planetary mobility” suit prototype will be used by astronauts while evaluating how well the spacesuit works.
There are three options (which you can see above), and NASA promises the winning design will be used in pool training at NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory, the Johnson Space Center “rockyard” to simulate Mars exploration, and in vacuum tests. Outer space is not an option because of “micrometeorite, thermal and radiation protection” considerations, however.
Voting on the spacesuit designs closes at April 15, 2014 at 11:59 EDT. Vote at this link:
Link >>> http://jscfeatures.jsc.nasa.gov/z2/
More & NASA Summaries of Each Proposed Spacesuit Prototype:
Link >>>: http://www.universetoday.com/110732/nasa-asks-which-spacesuit-prototype-do-you-prefer-vote-on-your-favorite/
Sources: NASA, UniverseToday.com .
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