NASA has come a long way from landing us on the moon, and then making its mission outreach to the Muslim world, but this latest move has bewildered the Internets. The space agency asked Twitter followers to vote on which spacesuit design they liked best:

NASA-spacesuits

The response was not completely positive:

https://twitter.com/justin_CBJ/status/454056414646784001

Whoa, they kinda do:

fifth-element

https://twitter.com/dntropy/status/454062189876236288

These are supposed to replace this spacesuit prototype:

nasa-suit

But wait, doesn’t that just look a little…

buzz-lightyear

Which Obama administration official should go on NASA’s next manned mission? Hot Air’s Allahpundit called it a long time ago:

kerry_tubbies

 

Sigh. We at Twitchy welcome our new zero-gravity Teletubby overlords.

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  • http://www.jabootu.com/acolytes/bnotes/ Apostic
    • ValueEngring

      “Why waste funding on actual research and technology? This isn’t rocket science (at least not anymore). Just add some racing stripes, call it a day and we can all take home huge bonuses at the end of the year.” -NASA

  • John Howard

    Yeah, let’s concentrate efforts on new spacesuits, on the off chance our Russian chauffeurs don’t become totally estranged to us and we have no way to even get into space in the future.

    • http://www.jabootu.com/acolytes/bnotes/ Apostic

      Heh. All dressed up and no place to go.

  • thedumbblonde

    I thought NASA was currently tasked with Muslim outreach?

    • http://www.jabootu.com/acolytes/bnotes/ Apostic

      (Tossing a burqa over one of the suits.) Female version. Note the added radiation absorbtion shielding….

    • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

      If Infidels wearing these hideous suits don’t raise their self esteem, nothing will…well, except for maybe beheading infidels.

  • Marvin Nelson

    They need to add choice D: None of the above. All of the spacesuits are lame and should be dropped in the nearest dumpster. NASA is a complete joke; I used to have so much respect for them and their work.

  • http://www.jabootu.com/acolytes/bnotes/ Apostic

    Just noticed something. That second design? Expect a lawsuit from intY

    https://pinpointprod.blob.core.windows.net/images/a33e0f8b-1084-4515-8fc7-4ae5f577a0f2.jpg

    Or possibly the YMCA.and Habitat for Humanity.

  • Peyton

    Meanwhile Russia has released the designs for their new cosmonauts suits.

    • LinTaylor ✓vitrified

      Yes, but have they fixed the icing problem yet?

  • JeffWRidge

    Dammit Jim, I’m a bureaucrat, not a fashion designer.

    • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

      However, we now know that Mr Sulu could probably design a pretty fabulous suit.

  • Jack Deth

    Jeebus!

    World famous fashion designer, Edna “E” Mode would proclaim these to be “Hobo Suits”!!!

    • Ghee!

      That’s an Incredible comment!

      • Jack Deth

        Edna may give the “Hobo Suits” credit for fealty to her steadfast tenet of “No Capes!”.

        Though, what good would a cape be in zero gravity?

  • Right Wired ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Well, if they encounter any hostile aliens, they’ll just die laughing.

  • BoscoBolt

    It’s time to defund NASA.

    • jumper297

      It already is… Most people would prefer it to go the other way and actually be able to do its exploratory mission again. But hey… why bother with the advancement of the species.

      • Hey, That’s Pretty Good

        Why? What are they doing to advance the species? Wasting millions on a menu for Mars food when we’re decades from being able to get to Mars, and wasting funding on Muslim Outreach. What does Muslim Outreach have to do with Outer Space?

      • BoscoBolt

        NASA no longer has anything to do with SPACE exploration – their focus is pandering to muslims, and promulgating ‘global warming’ fake “science” – the program is bloated and unfocused. NASA should be defunded, and a new, limited, focused SPACE program built from the ground up.

    • Hey, That’s Pretty Good

      Once they started being used for Muslim Outreach was the moment they were a waste of tax dollars. I’m sure people have opinions of things from earlier than that, but I think when they stopped looking at space and started looking towards the Middle East was the moment they lost credibility.

      • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        Look, they wanted some of that Gulf States oil money to launch communications satellites for Islamosphere traffic. Learning the best way to kiss the culo of the sheikhs in that part of the world is a survival strategy in this belt-tightening era back home.

  • Maxx

    Speaking of space, we could of used Robot B-9 back in 2008.

    “Danger America….danger…”
    http://spinoff.comicbookresources.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/robot.jpg

    • World B. Free

      Instead we ended up with President Doctor Smith, a bumbling, malicious, sabotaging metrosexual.

    • twistedgenius

      haha i was about to post this.. But i was looking for the Robby the Robot.
      he looked a little more like the suit

      • twistedgenius

        Here we go 😉

  • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Screw the space travel part of it, those look like they’d have kept me nice and toasty this past record-cold-temps-are-due-to-climate-change-AKA-global-warming winter– y’know, that hoax NASA participates in, to keep its funding…

  • Hey, That’s Pretty Good

    They really should keep the Buzz Lightyear looking suit.

    • nc ✓s & balances

      You “Traditionalist!”

      (I like it too.)

  • Blake Waymire

    Guys, if you’re going to take ideas from science fiction, maybe find something from a decade more recent than the ’50’s. The original prototype is actually a pretty solid design. How about something inspired by the Iron Man films.

  • ceemack

    C’mon, don’t be so harsh. They’re not space suits. They’re Muslim outreach suits.

  • nc ✓s & balances

    NASA must know its days are numbered so it’s preparing for it’s entry in the “action figure” market.

  • Ghee!

    Is this the Muslim outreach we were promised by dear leader?

  • LinTaylor ✓vitrified

    Whatever happened to MIT’s Biosuit? That showed promise for a number of reasons.

    http://mvl.mit.edu/EVA/biosuit/

    • Eric D. Mertz #NeverTrump

      Maybe in the future, but even the article there talked about how tough a skinsuit is to make. I think its likely a cost issue.

  • Eric D. Mertz #NeverTrump

    I actually like these. They remind me of the hardsuits currently used for underwater construction work, and will actually provide more safety. You would climb in via the back and attach the life support pack on the back. Fewer seals you need to worry about, a more durable suit, and better radiation protection.

    Here is a good link to what they are trying to base them on: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atmospheric_diving_suit

    And here is a good link to a webcomic talking about the benefits of a suit like this over the current system: http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1000/fv00981.htm The comics discussing the benefits run for eight more pages.

  • gekkobear

    Whyy bother, did you forget you changed what NASA stands for when you stopped the Space Shuttle program?

    NASA – Not About Sapce Anymore.

  • Zach Smith

    Shouldn’t a space suit design be functional above everything else? It seems like a nice uniform color that would make the wearers actions easily visible to other astronauts would be best.

  • AZWarrior

    Here NASA, one of your Muslim Outreach Astronauts …

  • Peeta Mellark

    With today’s technology, the seeds of liberty can be spread faster, repeated more often, and affirmed to a wider audience than ever before.