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.

Careers in Space!

Did that title get your attention? That was our plan! While it is a fun hobby for a lot of people, some of us think it would be pretty great to get paid to look at the stars. Perhaps we’d like to talk about them for a living. Maybe we’d like a job designing rockets and spaceships. Or even go up into space ourselves! In this post, we wanted to talk a little about what you can do with a degree in astronomy.

A little over half of the people with astronomy degrees stay in the academic field. They work at universities and colleges, or observatories that are affiliated with schools. Mostly, they teach students in astronomy or physics. They also can perform their own research using the school’s facilities. Schools like this because if you discover something or your research is published, it looks good for the program and the school itself. As a result, much of the academic research available in the field is by faculty at higher education facilities.Those two reasons, plus the relative job security of tenure,make this a good career option.

You can also be hired at a federal level. There are national observatories and government laboratories that will hire astronomers or physicists to help conduct research. National observatories typically encourage personal research in addition to other duties like operating large scale telescopes and working with other scientists. If you are working for the federal government, however, your field of interest will likely be controlled by your employer. NASA, the Naval Observatory, and places like that have precise purposes. You won’t have as much freedom, but you will probably have better benefits and job security than if you’re working at a national observatory or somewhere that is federally-funded.

Some of the equipment used in places like the space program are made by outside industries. There are several private aerospace companies that need astronomers to help them conduct research and design equipment. Astronomers are also appealing hires in this field because they are critical and logical thinkers who to be experienced in mathematics and physics in addition to astronomy. While your job might not be as secure as with some of the other options we’ve discussed, the pay tends to be better in the private sector.

You can also work somewhere like we do, at a planetarium or at a science museum. You might give tours or demonstrations, or even conduct classes on the proper use of telescopes. Although you may not receive notoriety like you may at a big research facility, or make the big bucks like if you were at a private aerospace company, you interact with the general public more and may just inspire someone to one day make the next great space discovery!