NASA has released pictures of a planned spacesuit that astronauts could one day wear on the first manned mission to Mars.

According to The Telegraph, the public voted on three different designs for the Z-2 and the "Technology" design received 63 per cent of the vote.

The design uses luminescent wire to form a light on the front of the suit that can be personalised to help astronauts identify other individuals on their team.

The Z-2 is a prototype so will not be making any future trip to Mars itself as it does not have the ability to fend off the extreme temperatures and radiation of a flight into space, but NASA said elements of the suit could one day be used by the first astronauts to visit Mars.

The two designs other than the winning Z-2 were "trends in society" (left), made to look like clothes of the future, and "biomimicry", inspired by nature. Source: NASA

The Telegraph reports that the Z-2 is a development on the original Z-1 design that Nasa released in 2012, which was the first major overhaul of space suits in 30 years.

The new suit was made using 3D printed panels and, with the use of laser scanners, each suit can be custom made to fit perfectly each member of the team.

"Each iteration of the Z-series will advance new technologies that one day will be used in a suit worn by the first humans to step foot on the Red Planet," NASA said.

"Besides the typical fit checks and mobility evaluations, NASA is currently planning a very comprehensive test campaign for the Z-2 suit."

These will include tests in a vacuum chamber to mimic the lack of atmosphere in space, a pool test that trains astronauts to walk and tests on a ground that imitates the rocky terrain of Mars.

The West Australian

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