Space Age Clothing

I want to know everything about space flight and I don’t mean how the craft operates. This can get super technical and complicated. Of course, I do want to know about aeronautics basics. I try to absorb as much as I can. When it comes to the astronauts inside, I am all ears. It fascinates me how they function so well in space in a confined area. Everything is so practical and well thought out from the food and water to the bathroom facilities. It may not be anyone’s first choice of a short lifestyle, but it is exciting. What we have learned from the space program has helped many fields. I would never say a peep about the massive expenditure. It has been well worth it in so many ways, not just the ability to know more about the universe. Of course, that is key and our knowledge is ever expanding.

The two of us who write this blog work in a planetarium and love astronomy so our interests are extensive. We love being part of an exciting and open-ended science. Today, it’s about astronauts once again because we want to mention the inventions necessary to help those maneuver in space. There are fabrics and they wear, for example, when in and outside the spacecraft. Space-grade materials fascinate us including their launch suits and their “walking in space” gear. The components of these materials are first quality all the way. They can get common wear and tear and survive intact. Now that would be useful in camping clothing, for example. It would be something waterproof and heat resistant for sure.

I bet you could fashion a knee sleeve for basketball like these ones – with these techno-fabrics. I play and use a typical Ace bandage. I slide on the tight stretchy band and can last longer during the game. A better sleeve would function optimally and not lose its elasticity. This is just one small example in our everyday world where technology can make life better. I am going to research other uses of space innovation in modern living and let you know soon. I know the field of medicine has been greatly impacted.

As I play my favorite sport and get a twinge in my knee, I long for some real support. While the current options are fine, they could be better. At least, the manufacturers need to make more sizes for men and women. We are certainly not all the same. Some like a tight fit and others not. In any case, we want a support system that really does the job. As for space age clothing, I would love to see some samples. No doubt just because of my obsession with astronauts, I would buy a few pieces. How about a rain parka that folds up into a tiny square to fit neatly into your backpack. Umbrellas are always tearing and breaking. We could use some help here. Forget cotton, rayon, wool, and fleece: give me something that represents space travel.