Mar 28, 2014 I Paul Seaburn

NASA Wants You to Help Pick a New Spacesuit

NASA hasn't needed to design a new spacesuit since the moon trips. The ones they wore back then would today be considered the “Mom jeans” of spacesuits, which is why the space agency is asking for help picking out a new design for its Z-series deep-space astronaut suits for trips to asteroids, Mars and beyond.

The three options for the outer layer of the Z-2 prototype are on display for viewing and voting at the Z-2 Space Suit Design Vote website. They will fit over the Z-2 prototype spacesuit being designed by ILC Dover, which also designed the three outer suits. Each will have electroluminescent wires and patches to help engineers monitor the suits during testing.

Here are the three designs:

The "Biomimicry" design is based on the tough shells and skins of deep-sea creatures to protect astronauts in harsh environments.

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Biomimicry suit

The “Technology” suit is designed for flexible movements and has a more futuristic look.

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Technology suit

The “Trends in Society” suit is the most fashionable design and incorporates features of sportswear.

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Trends in Society suit

The winning design is expected to be ready by November 2014 for testing at Johnson Space Center's simulated Mars rock yard and in the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory.

The deadline is April 15. Do your part to make space travel safe and hip – vote now!

Paul Seaburn

Paul Seaburn is the editor at Mysterious Universe and its most prolific writer. He’s written for TV shows such as "The Tonight Show", "Politically Incorrect" and an award-winning children’s program. He's been published in “The New York Times" and "Huffington Post” and has co-authored numerous collections of trivia, puzzles and humor. His “What in the World!” podcast is a fun look at the latest weird and paranormal news, strange sports stories and odd trivia. Paul likes to add a bit of humor to each MU post he crafts. After all, the mysterious doesn't always have to be serious.

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