NASA often has to defend its existence to people who claim we’re better off spending the agency’s money “down here on Earth.” This happens so often that NASA even has an entire section of its website dedicated to the Earthly technologies — “spinoffs,” as the agency calls them — it’s developed over the years.
It might soon add another one to the list, because the Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service is working with NASA to use the space agency’s heat shield technology to protect firefighters. The collaboration is an excellent idea; NASA has invested millions of dollars into developing heat-resistant materials to protect its spacecraft and astronauts during their fiery returns to Earth, and firefighters need as much protection as they can get, especially the ones fighting increasing wildfires.
But sometimes you also have to call a spade a spade, and the spade here is that, when the man in this video flops onto the floor and covers up with the flame-retardant material, he turns himself into a dead ringer for a Chipotle burrito. Not “sort of resembles,” or “yeah, I guess, maybe in the right light,” but a pound-for-pound analog.