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Did NASA Take Inspiration From Buzz Lightyear For New Space Suit?

The prototype Z-1 outfit is white with bright green stripes and offers increased mobility plus radiation protection.

Emma Hutchings
Emma Hutchings on December 21, 2012.

NASA‘s design for the prototype Z-1 space suit looks oddly familiar, as if they drew inspiration from Toy Story‘s Buzz Lightyear? The white suit is accented by bright green stripes and features a large port on the back through which astronauts can enter and exit. This port can also be used to dock the suit to the side of a shuttle or space station, therefore bypassing the need for an airlock. A focus on radiation protection for the Z-1 means it would be suitable for longer spacewalks. Tested reports that the prototype, which NASA will be building on and revising, also has increased mobility:

Bearings in the suit’s joints will give astronauts the flexibility to hop over lunar or martian soil with more grace than the explorers who wore older NASA exosuits.

Did NASA Take Inspiration From Buzz Lightyear For New Space Suit?

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