Bringing Sexy Back … to Outer Space

MIT Dr. Dava Newman designs a BioSuit for future space travel

art cradling science... Dava Newman in her space suit
art cradling science... Dava Newman in her space suit (by Donna Coveney)

Those MIT folks are such smarty-pantses! MIT professor of Aeronautics and Engineering, Dava Newman, has teamed up with design firm Trotti and Associates to build a better space suit. Dubbed the BioSuit, Newman's creation is a considerable design improvement (both in terms of functionality and aesthetics) from the Neil Armstrong model. The goal: a lighter, skin-tight, more flexible space suit. Unintended consequence: bringing sexy back to space travel.

But don't get your hopes up, space cowboy, the suit is still techinically a prototype and won't be ready for space travel for at least another 10 years.

Listen to the Studio360 segment on the BioSuit or, if you're feeling a little frisky, watch the video of Newman giving an hour-long lecture to her peeps at MIT after the jump. Damn does she know how to make a powerpoint presentation. Jealous!

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