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Prada Will Design The New NASA Moon Suit


Prada, a prestigious fashion house, will contribute to the creation of space suits for the 2025 Moon mission, so NASA astronauts will fly in style. The outfits will be created by the Italian fashion firm in collaboration with Axiom Space, another private business.
Axiom stated in a press release that Prada will contribute knowledge of materials and manufacturing to the undertaking. One astronaut told the BBC that Prada's experience in design made them up to the task.
This experience was gained through Prada's participation in the America's Cup sailing competition as well as on the Milan catwalks.
"Prada has considerable experience with various types of composite fabrics and may actually be able to make some real technical contributions to the outer layers of the new space suit," according to Professor Jeffrey Hoffman, who flew five Nasa missions and has carried out four spacewalks.
However, he warned against expecting to see astronauts dressed in "paisley spacesuits or any fancy patterns like that." The most important thing is really to maintain a favourable temperature environment.
"A spacesuit is really like a miniature spacecraft. It has to provide pressure, oxygen, keep you at a reasonable temperature," he added.
Axiom presented a spacesuit earlier this year, claiming it would be used on the future Artemis 3 mission. The 55kg suit was believed to fit female travellers better and weigh 55kg.
Using "innovative technologies and design," Artemis and Prada promised in a press release, they would enable "greater exploration of the lunar surface than ever before."
The Prada-designed Artemis 3 mission will come after Artemis 2, which involves orbiting the Moon late in 2019 or early in 2025 in a spacecraft.
Christina Kock and Victor Glover, the first black and female astronauts ever sent on a lunar mission, will be participating in Artemis 2.