NASA’s Next Generation Spacesuit Resembles Buzz Lightyear’s Getup

NASA's Next Generation Spacesuit Resembles Buzz Lightyear's GetupIf your kids didn’t already want to be astronauts when they grow up — just wait until they get a look at the Z-1. It’s NASA’s next generation of spacesuit, and bears more than a passing resemblance to the suit worn by Buzz Lightyear in Pixar’s beloved Toy Story films.

‘Just like Lightyear’s’

The Z-1 Prototype Spacesuit and Portable Life Support System 2.0, produced for NASA by the David Clark Company, is white with fluorescent green stripes, and features a large, hemispherical transparent dome helmet –just like Lightyear’s.


Named one of Time magazine’s inventions of the year, the suit is designed to take astronauts into long missions into deep space. It features a rear-entry port that gives galaxy-hopping space rangers an easy way to dock with shuttles and space stations without the need for an airlock. Ingenious!

The Z-1 is a prototype, NASA stresses, and will be subject to further revisions before it’s actually put into use by NASA in 2017 — hopefully by which time the U.S.’s space program will again be in full swing.

Do you like NASA’s next generation of spacesuit that resembles Buzz Lightyear’s costume? Does this suit inspire you somewhat to be an astronaut?

Source: The Hollywood Reporter, Yahoo Movies

Image: The Sly Oyster

Apple Co-Founder Steve Jobs Died at 56

Technology giant Apple Inc.’s co-founder Steve Jobs finally succumbed to a rare form of pancreatic cancer that was diagnosed in 2003. He died on Wednesday in Palo Alto, California at the age of 56 — just one day after Apple unveiled its latest iPhone model.

According to the family of Steve Jobs, he died “peacefully” surrounded by his family. He left behind his wife Laurene, their son Reed Paul and their daughters Erin Sienna and Eve, and a daughter from a previous relationship, Lisa Brennan-Jobs. In a statement, his family shared that he was a visionary in public, but a family man in private. They gave their thanks to the people who had been with them during Steve’s illness. They will provide a website for those who want to share their tributes to him. However, they are also asking for privacy during their mourning period.

“The world rarely sees someone who has the profound impact Steve has had, the effects of which will be felt for many generations to come,” said Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates, whom Jobs had been often compared. “For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it’s been an insanely great honor. I will miss Steve immensely.” [Read more…]