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Just two days before Space X would successfully launch and re-land another reusable spaceflight system, CEO Elon Musk revealed a sneak peak of future astronaut fashion.

Astronauts traveling to and from the International Space Station aboard Musk’s Dragon Capsule will wear form-fitting black and white spacesuits that resemble something closer to sci-fi than NASA.

 

The suits are much different than what NASA has donned since the Space Race of the 1960s; however, they serve different functions. According to various outlets, the Space X suits are only intended to be worn during launch and reentry, not during spacewalks. It is the need for protection during dangerous spacewalks that makes NASA’s spacesuits typically large, bulky and heavy.

In the Instagram post above, Musk said more information about the suit will be revealed in the coming days.

In January, Boeing—who is also part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program to achieve U.S. access to the ISS—revealed its spacesuit, which looks a little closer to NASA’s version.

Chris Ferguson wears the brand new spacesuit from Boeing and David Clark. Photo: Boeing

Both SpaceX and Boeing are hoping to launch their first crewed test flights to the ISS sometime next year. These spacesuits are a vital part of that plan. Musk said SpaceX’s suits have already been tested to double vacuum pressure.

SpaceX tallied another success yesterday afternoon when it launched the two-stage Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

After about 3 minutes, the rocket’s two stages separated—the Formosat-5 spacecraft hurtling toward its intended orbit, and the booster maneuvering to land on the SpaceX drone ship “Just Read the Instructions,” which was stationed in the Pacific Ocean.

The booster easily—and gently—landed on the ship’s deck approximately 10 minutes after initial rocket launch. This puts Musk and SpaceX closer to their goal of implementing reusable spacecrafts, which would greatly decrease the cost of space travel.

It also moves SpaceX and its CEO toward their overall goal of launching a human mission to Mars by 2025.

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