If you know that NASA is obsessed with tortillas, it’s probably no surprise that NASA is now using burrito technology to save the lives of firefighters.
According to The Verge, the space agency is collaborating with the Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service to develop heat shielding technology to protect firefighters in extreme temperatures.
What NASA doesn’t specifically call attention to is the fact that the dude demonstrating this magic safety suit looks exactly like a Chipotle burrito wrapped in tinfoil.
All firefighters—but especially those fighting wildfires—need all the protection they can get. NatGeo estimates that on average, more than 100,000 wildfires clear out 4 to 5 million acres of land in the U.S. alone every year. Everyone’s heard about California’s wildfires, but they’re a problem in places like Alaska, too.
The Verge was the first publication to make the connection between safety suit and burrito, but you can’t miss it if you watch the video. Head here for a highly entertaining slider graphic showing the transformation from space dude to delicious burrito.
This and baby burrito swaddling are proof that burritos have the power to save the world.
[via The Verge]