Astronaut carries friends’ wedding rings to Space

ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet tweeted this photo of his friends’ wedding rings, which will be returned to Earth in May. (Photo source: Thomas Pesquet/ European Space Agency)

This Summer a special couple will receive a wedding gift that’s truly out of this world.

European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet, who has been aboard the International Space Station since November, posted photo to social media of two wedding rings floating in micro gravity.

The flight engineer from France tweeted that he carried in his personal items the wedding bands of two friends tying the knot this Summer. Continue reading

NASA unveils flashy, futuristic new look for spacesuit prototype

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The “Technology” design garnered more than 60 percent of nearly 240,000 votes cast.

NASA is ready to unveil the design of their next-generation spacesuit prototype. Wednesday, the space agency will reveal the winner of a contest on their website put the decision to a public vote.

The futuristic Z-2 suit will make future missions possible to asteroids or the surface of other planets. Some of the improvements under development include: a rear-entry “hatch” that could also dock with a rover, the use of “soft” materials to cut weight and increase mobility, complex joints and a redesigned life support system. While the functional portion of the suit is left up to the expertise of Spacesuit engineers, the look of the covering is a popularity contest.

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