Musk is dead-on, too. Many at NASA have previously complained about difficult it can be to design a space suit. Space is probably the most inhospitable environment we can imagine, and outside of being teleported to the center of the sun, there’s not much that would kill you faster than an unprotected trip to space. At the same time, astronauts are often symbols to the world. They are, for many, very visible heroes. Titans of science, intrepid explorers willing to brave the dangers of extraordinary journeys out into the black. Because of that, there’s a strong case to be made for space suits that look good — you want people to look at these things and imagine themselves wearing one in the future. That pushes more people into STEM and helps us shore up the next wave of brave minds.That’s the hope, anyway. While lofty, all of that would be useless if the astronauts died because their outfit was little more than a jazzed-up Flash Gordon jacket. Space suits have to provide excellent climate control depending upon whether the wearer is in direct sunlight or not — and that can be a difference of hundreds of degrees. Musk’s design isn’t quite built to handle that, though. These aren’t made for space walks and instead made to protect their wearers from depressurization of the spacecraft. In essence, they’re full-body, more advanced versions of the little masks that drop down in airplanes when things get rough.Even so, it’s no cakewalk. Pressure, for example, is still a huge challenge. All other challenges aside, just being exposed to a hard vacuum will knock you out in seconds, and then kill you when your blood runs out of its dissolved oxygen. Even if you do survive, you’ll have severe injuries from your skin being stretched, not to mention the total… ahem… evacuation of your digestive tract. It’s not fun. At all. Don’t go to space without protection. Please.If you’re going to be flying on a SpaceX rocket soon, though, (I believe there’s like six of you on Earth), then you’ll be pleased to know that the company’s suits have been tested, look great, and are ready to go. Then again, I suppose if you’re flying with SpaceX soon, you probably helped test the suits so you wouldn’t need me to tell you.For the rest of us, we can marvel at the progress private space flight has made over the past few years. Musk and pals clearly mean business, and this is yet another sign that we’re on the precipice of a major sea change in how human beings get off our tiny little marble.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target SpaceX CEO Elon Musk took to Instagram last night to show off his company’s official space suit design. Even better? These aren’t mock-ups; they’re the real deal.“First picture of SpaceX spacesuit,” he wrote in a caption for the photo. “More in days to follow. Worth noting that this actually works (not a mockup). Already tested to double vacuum pressure. Was incredibly hard to balance aesthetics (sic) and function. Easy to do either separately.” Elon Musk’s Cheeky ‘Nuke Mars!’ Post Is Taking Over TwitterTesla EV Catches Fire After Colliding With Tow Truck in Moscow
The Rees Hotel Queenstown has been crowned the “Best New Zealand Ski Hotel” at this year’s World Ski Awards held in Kitzbühel, Austria over the weekend. The Rees Hotel was selected from a shortlist of seven outstanding properties across New Zealand, making the award all the more impressive.These prestigious industry awards were established four years ago and are ski tourism’s highest accolade, recognising excellence across a range of categories, from operators and departments to luxury ski properties worldwide. The World Ski Awards are voted on by travel professionals as well as the general public and are the only global awards to celebrate excellence in ski tourism.The Rees Hotel is well located with convenient access to four first-class ski-fields in the Queenstown area: Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, Treble Cone and Cardrona. Together these fields offer a vast range of different terrain suitable for all levers of skiers and boarders.The Rees Hotel is the ideal ski accommodation option for families, couples and groups. The generous-sized hotel rooms and one, two or three bedroom apartments will ensure guests return to comfort and relaxation after a full day on the slopes. Facilities such as complimentary high speed Wi-Fi and 200 in-room movies and an award-winning restaurant and wine cellar seals the off-slope deal for everyone. The hotel has a secure ski locker on site, ski field coaches going past the hotel at regular intervals or guests can arrange hire of a mini van with a driver guide. Hotel cars are also available for transfers.The Rees Hotel’s complimentary ski concierge services make a snow holiday stay memorable for all the right reasons. The friendly and professional concierge team can help with arranging ski or snowboard packages, gear hire (which can be waiting pre-ordered and delivered to a ski locker or custom fit in the comfort of a guests’s hotel room or apartment), booking lessons with an independent instructor that can look after family or individual lessons or even heli-skiing.“We are incredibly honoured to have been chosen as New Zealand’s Best Ski hotel”, says General Manager of The Rees Hotel, Mark Rose. “This award is a testament to the entire staff of the hotel for their commitment in striving to offer a unique ski accommodation experience in conjunction with high quality across all other facets and departments of our property.”With direct flights, four ski fields and now a globally awarded luxury ski accommodation at The Rees Hotel, it is no surprise Queenstown continues to grow in popularity for Australian skiers and boarders.