Space Style for a New Age

Space X uniforms (photo via Elon Musk's Instagram)

Space X uniforms (photo via Elon Musk's Instagram)

As of Thursday, August 24, 2017

The world got a first look at the new SpaceX spacesuit thanks to Elon Musk’s Instagram account. (Hat tip to Fashionista). The super-sleek suits are currently being tested to withstand “double vacuum pressure.”

Sleek is the operative word here. Most spacesuits are pretty voluminous. From the classic 60s-era, Apollo mission suits to NASA’s more-recent Z-2 design challenge.

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CATWALK TO THE MOON: Buzz Aldrin, Michael Collins and Neil Armstrong (photo courtesy of MIT Press and Txchnologist)

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NASA's "Biomimicry" design

MIT created a streamlined “Gravity Loading Countermeasure Skinsuit,” which is supposed to help astronauts stave off bone loss during the prolonged exposure to zero-g. But they’re really inside spacesuits, so I suppose it's not a fair comparison.

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MIT's Gravity Loading Countermeasure Skinsuit, photo from Popular Science

For those who like to nerd out on space fashion (like me), I've put together a little gallery of intergalactic style, real and imagined.

And if you really want to take a look at space style and space inspiration, I've compiled a few stories on the subject:

Girdle to the Moon

Style in Space

Here's the pitch: Judy Jetson meets 'Tron'

Space Inspiration