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Game Dev Helps Test Super Suit for Space Flight

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A new space flight suit being developed at MIT to help reduce bone mass loss on long stays in space got a helping hand from Ultima game creator and space aficionado Richard Garriott.

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The new suit in development at MIT's Man-Vehicle Laboratory is meant to simulate the effects of gravity on the human body, according to PopSci. It does this by compressing the body, shoulder to heel, in a tight fitting elastic suit with stirrups. You can read more about the science behind the suit over at PopSci.

But it's neat to see that the suit was tested using parabolic flights with the help of Garriott (pictured above, second from the left) and ZERO-G, the weightless flight company he co-founded.

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Wait, come to think of it, didn't Japan test out a gundam style pilot suit a few years back?

You see if we had more good anime in the US I'd bet we'd be trying to make even more of the crazy stuff from the show. I mean how many scientific breakthroughs and R&D projects do you think are thanks to these guys at MIT growing up watching Star Trek and reading old sci-fi digests? The lack of meaningful Sci-fi in our culture can only hurt us.

I mean while Japan's making totally bone-able robots that play violins we're making glorified RC cars with guns! There's got to be more to that gap than the lack of a Japanese military!

Isaac Asamov said: "Individual science fiction stories may seem as trivial as ever to the blinder critics and philosophers of today - but the core of science fiction, its essence has become crucial to our salvation if we are to be saved at all."

I take this to basically mean that it helps to to inspire us and open our imaginations to all the things that conventional wisdom says can't be done. To do the impossible and break the unbreakable (ra ra fight the powah) and become better for it.