After 15 years, it's finally time for a wardrobe change

Design Spotlight: NASA Z-1 Spacesuit

The final frontier of space -- and the technology required to get there -- once represented the pinnacle of innovation. Then stagnation (and budget cuts) set in. The core design of the Space Shuttle was developed in the late 70s, several years before the development of Apple's Lisa computer and Microsoft's Windows operating system, and served for three decades before officially retiring in 2011. Similarly, the iconic Spacesuit designed to protect our fragile forms in the endless vacuum hasn't received a major update since 1998, the same year Google was founded, Bill got naughty in the Oval Office and Céline Dion's My Heart Will Go On was making our collective ears bleed. While advancements in the spaceship industry have shifted to the private sector, the space agency has finally shared its own internal plans for the next generation spacesuit, dubbed the NASA Z-1.

(A) man takes his last great leap

NASA Remembers Neil Armstrong

As the first person to set foot on the moon, Neil Armstrong showed every child and this nation that big dreams and big goals can be as real as you make them. NASA gives tribute to the passing of a humble, reserved professional in a program that attracted type “A” personalities. Armstrong was well-liked and...

Meet the World's First Space Beer

Vostok 4 Pines Stout Space Beer

Vostok 4 Pines Stout ($20) is the world’s first beer that’s certified for drinking in space and was developed by the 4-Pines Brewing Company and Saber Astronautics. Yes, the claim is a blatant marketing ploy, but you’d be surprised what a brewer has to deal with to make suds drinkable in space. First of all,...

A Photographic Adieu to the End of an Era

Discovery’s Final Launch

After 27 years of operation and 38 missions, the space shuttle Discovery embarked on its 39th, and final mission last Thursday. The shuttle is the world’s most traveled spaceship and has spent nearly a full year in orbit over its lifetime. Though it was a little premature considering there are still two remaining launches left...

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