A More Fashionable Space Suit

Traditional spacesuits are bulky, heavy, unwieldy and, let's be honest, they just don't look all that cool. Now MIT aeronautics researcher Dava Newman and her team are developing the Biosuit, next-generation exploration garb that will enable astronauts to be more mobile, flexible and even runway-ready. The suit, which we first reported on here, will be skin-tight, but still easy to move around in. In contrast, suited-up astronauts expend about 70% of their energy just trying to bend their heavily-encased arms and legs. While Newman is primarily focused on designing the suit for missions to the Moon and Mars, and enabling astronauts to freely explore the surface without wearing themselves out, the sleek, swank design also looks perfect for space hotel nightlife.—Gregory Mone