NASA has just finished performing tests on a new spacesuit that is a vast improvement over the old models. The astronauts may look a little Buzz Lightyear-esque, though. The new suit is called the Z-1. Astronauts walk into it from the back and it closes around them. The previous suits split at the waist. The astronauts are also likely to be safer, since this suit renders obsolete the time-consuming and possibly dangerous process of going through airlock.
This Toy Story moment prompted Wired to put together an amusing look at spacesuits in films versus in real life. See the pictures there. Link
(Photo credit: NASA/Pixar)