Almost everybody will, at some point, have harbored a desire to travel into outer space. But it’s unlikely any of us will achieve this goal, unless and until Elon Musk or Richard Branson deliver on their promises to make space travel much simpler and more affordable. Still, if you can’t actually make it out of Earth’s atmosphere, you can at least buy the T-shirt. Or, more accurately, an approximation of the jacket worn by astronauts.
This is the SpaceLife Jacket, designed to resemble (though not replicate) the classic spacesuits worn by the brave astronauts who ventured to the Moon and beyond. While this isn’t officially sanctioned by NASA, and doesn’t come with the Neil Armstrong seal of approval, the SpaceLife Jacket would certainly make wannabe-astronauts look the part.
The exterior of the SpaceLife Jacket is made from a “210D trilobal nylon oxford fiber” designed to be both waterproof and light-reflecting, while parts of the interior are neoprene, providing durability and flexibility regardless of the conditions.
The major selling point of the SpaceLife Jacket is, however, something that is definitely not standard issue for astronauts. Speakers built into the hood enable you to listen to music – or mission control recordings – while on the go, with controls built into the suit controlling music playback on your smartphone via Bluetooth. There is also a built-in microphone enabling you to make calls – “Houston, we have a problem,” for example.
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