NASA's Z-1 Spacesuit: Buzz Lightyear's Duds (Photos)

Z-1 Spacesuit Prototype

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The Z-1 spacesuit will potentially be used to explore different planets.

Buzz Lightyear’s Duds

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The Z-1 is NASA’s next generation spacesuit, a prototype of which is pictured at the Johnson Space Center.

NASA’s Next Generation Spacesuit

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Planned for use by astronauts as they travel to new deep-space locations, the next generation suit will incorporate a number of technology advances to shorten preparation time, improve safety and boost astronaut capabilities during spacewalks and surface activities.

Z-1 Spacesuit Prototype Flexibility Test

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This new spacesuit prototype from NASA might reinvent the ways astronauts experience space.

Z-1 Spacesuit Prototype During Testing

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NASA aimed to design the Z-1 around the most challenging aspects of any mission astronauts might be faced with.

Z-1 Spacesuit Prototype Standing

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The suit designed not only to help astronauts comfortably maneuver during spacewalks in microgravity, but also to deftly move about when walking on the surface of a planet or other smaller heavenly body, like an asteroid.

Introducing NASA'S Future Spacesuit, the Z-1 (Infographic)

Karl Tate, SPACE.com contributor

Being developed for missions in 2015 and beyond, the Z-1 improves mobility for walks on the moon and Mars.

Spacesuit Evolution of Cosmic Clothes (Infographic)

Karl Tate, SPACE.com

From International Orange to space-age silver, Astronauts' spacesuits have a varied and colorful history. The United States has used at least eight distinct spacesuit models throughout its roughly 50 years of manned spaceflight. Meanwhile, Russia and China have their own versions of space duds.

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