US astronauts will fly in Prada spacesuits

NASA astronauts will fly in style, and luxury fashion designer Prada will help craft the spacesuits for the 2025 mission to the moon, CNN reported.

The Italian fashion house will work on the design of the costumes together with another private company - Axiom Space.

In a press release, Axiom said Prada will provide materials and manufacturing expertise to the project.

One of the astronauts told the BBC he thought Prada would be up to the challenge thanks to its design expertise.

This experience was gained not only on the catwalks of Milan, but also through Prada's participation in the America's Cup sailing competition.

"Prada has considerable experience with different types of composite fabrics and may really be able to contribute some real technical solutions to the outer layers of the new spacesuit," said Professor Jeffrey Hoffman, who has flown on five NASA missions and completed four spacewalks.

But he said people shouldn't expect to see astronauts in "sequined spacesuits or any of those fancy patterns. Maintaining a good thermal environment is really important."

"The spacesuit is really like a miniature spaceship. It has to provide pressure, oxygen, maintain a reasonable temperature," he added.

The suit weighs 55kg and is said to be more suitable for women as well.

In a press release, Artemis and Prada said they will use "innovative technology and design" to enable "greater exploration of the lunar surface than ever before"./BGNES