Virgin Galactic reveal what passengers will have to wear

NASA has revealed the spacesuits its astronauts will wear on future Moon and Mars missions. They're impressive but clunky and a little heavy-handed on the patriotic theme. As you might expect, commercial space travel will be a bit more stylish. Today, Under Armour unveiled the space gear -- a base layer, spacesuit and boots -- that it's designed for passengers on Virgin Galactic flights.

The base layer looks like something you'd wear on a cold jog, and that's partly because Under Armour retrofit the UA RUSH, mineral-infused fabric that it sells to athletes. The company says this will help with temperature regulation and sweat management.

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The fitted spacesuit is the same dark blue but with gold accents inspired by rays of sunlight. According to Under Armor, each spacesuit iteration underwent rigorous testing with pilots, spaceship engineers, medical professionals and astronaut instructors. It has functional features like an integrated communication system and plenty of pockets. It also has a clear pocket on the inside of the jacket (above the heart) for a photo of a loved one, and each suit will have a removable patch that can be transferred to flight jackets for everyday wear.

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(L to R) Virgin Galactic Founder Sir Richard Branson, Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank and Commercial director of Virgin Galactic Stephen Attenborough watch a presentation at an event October 16, 2019 in Yonkers, New York. - At the event Virgin Galactic and Under Armour unveiled the worlds first exclusive spacewear system for private astronauts. (Photo by Don Emmert / AFP) (Photo by DON EMMERT/AFP via Getty Images)
MOJAVE, CA - FEBRUARY 19, 2016 - The new Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo at its roll out in the Mojave Desert, about a year and a half after Virgin's last rocket plane broke into pieces and killed the test pilot. (Photo by Al Seib/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
MOJAVE, CA - FEBRUARY 19: Virgin Galactic's Richard Branson speaks to guest during the roll-out ceremony of the new SpaceShip Two VSS Unity spaceship, right, at the Mojave Air and Space Port on February 19, 2016 in Mojave, Ca. (Photo by Ricky Carioti/ The Washington Post via Getty Images)
MOJAVE, CA - FEBRUARY 19, 2016 - Sir Richard Branson, center, poses with the employees for photos by the new Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo at its roll out in the Mojave Desert, about a year and a half after Virgin's last rocket plane broke into pieces and killed the test pilot. (Photo by Al Seib/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
MOJAVE, CA - FEBRUARY 19, 2016 - Sir Richard Branson, center, poses with the employees for photos by the new Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo at its roll out in the Mojave Desert, about a year and a half after Virgin's last rocket plane broke into pieces and killed the test pilot. (Photo by Al Seib/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
MOJAVE, CA - FEBRUARY 19: Virgin Galactic's Richard Branson alongside his son, Sam, daughter-in-law, Isabella and their child, Eva-Deia Branson, 1, christen the new SpaceShip Two VSS Unity with a baby bottle filled with milk during a roll-out event at the Mojave Air and Space Port on February 19, 2016 in Mojave, Ca. (Photo by Ricky Carioti/ The Washington Post via Getty Images)
MOJAVE, CA - FEBRUARY 19: Employees of Virgin Galactic look on during the roll-out ceremony of the new SpaceShip Two VSS Unity at the Mojave Air and Space Port on February 19, 2016 in Mojave, Ca. (Photo by Ricky Carioti/ The Washington Post via Getty Images)
MOJAVE, CA - FEBRUARY 19: Shown is Virgin Galactic's new SpaceShip Two VSS Unity spaceship during roll-out ceremony at the Mojave Air and Space Port on February 19, 2016 in Mojave, Ca. (Photo by Ricky Carioti/ The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Virgin Galactic employees gather at the coffee bar that serves as the heart of the company's social hub where they will meet with customers and their families at Spaceport America once commercial operations begin near Upham, New Mexico, on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019. Virgin Galactic unveiled some of the interior spaces of the custom-tailored terminal Thursday, saying the designs are aimed at connecting the customers with operations as they prepare for their suborbital flights. (AP Photos/Susan Montoya Bryan)
A digital walkway with mirrored ceiling serves as the entrance to the social hub of Virgin Galactic's digs at Spaceport America near Upham, New Mexico, on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019. Virgin Galactic unveiled some of the interior spaces of the custom-tailored terminal Thursday, saying the designs are aimed at connecting the customers with operations as they prepare for their suborbital flights. (AP Photos/Susan Montoya Bryan)
Virgin Galactic's carrier plane makes its way across the apron in front of Spaceport America following a test flight over its new permanent home near Upham, New Mexico, on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019. Virgin Galactic on Thursday unveiled two levels of its new digs at the spaceport, which includes a social hub where crew, pilots and customers and their families can mingle. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)
Models, in a sky diving simulator, wear Virgin Galactic's new space-wear system, developed in partnership with Under Armour, during an event to unveil the suits to be worn by future Virgin Galactic space travelers, October 16, 2019 in Yonkers, New York. (Photo by Don Emmert / AFP) (Photo by DON EMMERT/AFP via Getty Images)
Models wear Virgin Galactic's new space-wear system, developed in partnership with Under Armour, during an event to unveil the suits to be worn by future Virgin Galactic space travelers, October 16, 2019 in Yonkers, New York. (Photo by Don Emmert / AFP) (Photo by DON EMMERT/AFP via Getty Images)
The logo on a spacewear system, designed for Virgin Galactic astronauts, is displayed at an event October 16, 2019 in Yonkers, New York. - At the event Virgin Galactic and Under Armour unveiled the worlds first exclusive spacewear system for private astronauts. (Photo by Don Emmert / AFP) (Photo by DON EMMERT/AFP via Getty Images)
Models wear Virgin Galactic's new space-wear system, developed in partnership with Under Armour, during an event to unveil the suits to be worn by future Virgin Galactic space travelers, October 16, 2019 in Yonkers, New York. (Photo by Don Emmert / AFP) (Photo by DON EMMERT/AFP via Getty Images)
Virgin Galactic Founder Sir Richard Branson demonstrates a spacewear system, designed for Virgin Galactic astronauts, at an event October 16, 2019 in Yonkers, New York. - At the event Virgin Galactic and Under Armour unveiled the worlds first exclusive spacewear system for private astronauts. (Photo by Don Emmert / AFP) (Photo by DON EMMERT/AFP via Getty Images)
Virgin Galactic Founder Sir Richard Branson demonstrates a spacewear system, designed for Virgin Galactic astronauts, at an event October 16, 2019 in Yonkers, New York. - At the event Virgin Galactic and Under Armour unveiled the worlds first exclusive spacewear system for private astronauts. (Photo by Don Emmert / AFP) (Photo by DON EMMERT/AFP via Getty Images)
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The look wouldn't be complete without matching boots. Inspired by racecar drivers' footwear, the boots are designed to be lightweight, not the big, bulky moon boots you might expect.

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Virgin Galactic is still preparing for its inaugural commercial flight. Despite facing setbacks, it has sent its first passengers to the edge of space, and it has a waitlist of more than 600 passengers from 58 countries who have paid or put down deposits for a ride.

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