dauphinofrance  asked:

Hey I really love your work and can't wait for your next analysis! Comparing Centibeetles look and pearls space-suit outfit, I find them very similar and can't help but think centibeetle was wearing a space suit as well. Does this shed any light on the character for you?

It does actually! :D 

She’s said she was a captain with a ship and a crew. They were traveling to Earth and that was her official uniform. We know she fought on Homeworld’s side so how we have a rounded out narrative of the war, with the opposition (The Crystal Gems), the civilians (Lapis), the survivors (the current CGs), the Homeworld survivors (Jasper), and the Homeworld Casualties (Centi), and the new generation (Steven, Ame, Peri). 

What this tells me was that Centipeetle was the kind of gem who came to Earth and hit the ground running. She took pride in being able to fight for Homeworld, as no doubt, other Homeworld soldiers did as well, and wore her uniform proudly. Because she could have changed out of that spacesuit, but her clothes showed her rank. We can assume that her crew members were the same type of gem as hers. So her captain’s clothes would have differentiated her and she took pride in that. To me this shows that she loved her role, and it shows that Homeworld thusly rewarded gems who did well, and gems did feel accomplished and fulfilled in their positions. 

There’s a lot of Homeworld hate going around at the moment, but those who read my blog regularly know that even Homeworld has reasons. What they did wasn’t great in the slightest. It was deplorable, but they had reasons. The reasons aren’t there to justify their actions; they’re present so that by understanding them, we can find a way to prevent their ever doing it again.

The Martian Movie and Our Real Journey to Mars

The Martian movie is set 20 years in the future, but here at NASA we are already developing many of the technologies that appear in the film. The movie takes the work we’re doing and extends it into fiction set in the 2030s, when NASA astronauts are regularly traveling to Mars and living on the surface. Here are a few ways The Martian movie compares to what we’re really doing on our journey to Mars:

Analog Missions

MOVIE: In the film, Astronaut Mark Watney is stranded on the Red Planet.

REALITY: In preparation for sending humans to Mars, we have completed one of the most extensive isolation missions in Hawaii, known as HI-SEAS. The goal of this study was to see how isolation and the lack of privacy in a small group affects social aspects of would-be explorers. The most recent simulation was eight months long, and the next mission is planned to last a year.


MOVIE: The Martian movie launches astronauts on the Aries missions from a refurbished and state of the art space center.

REALITY: Currently, the Ground Systems Development and Operations’ primary objective is to prepare the center to process and launch the next-generation vehicles and spacecraft designed to achieve our goals for space exploration. We are not only working to develop new systems, but also refurbishing and upgrading infrastructure to meet future demands.

Deep Space Propulsion

MOVIE: In the film, the astronauts depart the Red Planet using a propulsion system know as the Mars Ascent Vehicle (MAV).

REALITY: We are currently developing the most powerful rocket we’ve ever built, our Space Launch System (SLS). Once complete, this system will enable astronauts to travel deeper into the solar system than ever before! The RS-25 engines that will be used on the SLS, were previously utilized as the main engine on our space shuttles. These engines have proven their reliability and are currently being refurbished with updated and improved technology for our journey to Mars.

Mission Control

MOVIE: In the movie, Mission Control operations support the Aries 3 crew.

REALITY: On our real journey to Mars, Mission Control in Houston will support our Orion spacecraft and the crew onboard as they travel into deep space.


MOVIE: The artificial living habitat on Mars in The Martian movie is constructed of industrial canvas and contains an array of life support systems.

REALITY: The Human Exploration Research Analog (HERA), formerly known as the Deep Space Habitat, is a three-story module that was designed and created through a series of university competitions. Studies conducted in habitat mockups will allow us to evolve this technology to create a reliable structures for use on Mars.


MOVIE: The characters in the film are able to cruise around the Red Planet inside the Mars Decent Vehicle (MDV).

REALITY: We are currently developing a next generation vehicle for space exploration. Our Mars Exploration Vehicle (MEV) is designed to be flexible depending on the destination. It will have a pressurized cabin, ability to house two astronauts for up to 14 days and will be about the size of a pickup truck.


MOVIE: Astronaut Mark Watney grows potatoes on Mars in The Martian movie.

REALITY: We’re already growing and harvesting lettuce on the International Space Station in preparation for deep space exploration. Growing fresh food in space will provide future pioneers with a sustainable food supplement, and could also be used for recreational gardening during deep space missions.


MOVIE: The spacesuit worn by astronauts in the film allows them to work and function on the surface of Mars, while protecting them from the harsh environment.

REALITY: Prototypes of our Z-2 Exploration Suit are helping to develop the technologies astronauts will use to live and work on the the Martian surface. Technology advances in this next generation spacesuit would shorten preparation time, improve safety and boost astronaut capabilities during spacewalks and surface activities.  


I’m honestly not too fond of Samus’s Zero suit (more so due to practicality) So, I decided to do a fan redesign. I used the same pose as the figurine to the left so that I could compare proportions. Note that her current design has been altered since then:
I’ll probably end up concepting a fully decked out version of the power suit (or power mecha) in the future just because…that’s really where Metroid is at. The Power suit is so important and these two outfits should work together.

inspired by: a few pilot suits along with Ridley Scott’s: Aliens (just because the Metroid series and those movies have some similarities). I am aware of the zero suits original purpose but I took some creative liberties.

edit: here’s some more brainstorming thumbnails

Dava Newman nominated for NASA Deputy Administrator

According to SpaceNews, Obama nominated Dava Newman for the position of Deputy Administrator at NASA. The position was held by Lori Garver from 2009 to 2013 and has since been vacant.

Dava Newman is a professor at MIT and director of the MIT Portugal Program. She is most well known for her work on a formfitting spacesuit, pictured above.

Read Dava Newman’s MIT bio here

[Image: Dava Newman in the form fitting Biosuit.]

An illustrated timeline of spacesuit design.

Some incredible Redditors have compiled a visual timeline of spacesuits designed for use in the space program. The chart includes both Soviet, Russian and American space suits as well as technology demonstrators, prototype, and  other suits that didn’t actually make it into space.

Check out the full-sized image here.

Interestingly enough, the G5C suit used on Gemini 8 isn’t included on here, although its immediate two predecessors are. Those were modified G3C suits and only used on that mission. Additionally, the Apollo A1C suit, a modified Gemini G3C, is not included either. That was to be used for the ill-fated Apollo 1 and cancelled Apollo 5 crewed missions.