The renowned Italian fashion company, Prada, has taken a bold leap into outer space, as it recently announced its collaboration with Axiom Space to design NASA’s next-generation lunar space suits for the Artemis III mission in 2025 to the moon.
The Artemis III team will be the first to land on the moon in over 50 years since the Apollo 17 mission in 1972. NASA has emphasized that this mission will mark the first-time humans explore the region near the moon’s south pole.
The Artemis II mission, scheduled for November 2024, also plans to make history. It will be the first time a woman, Mission Specialist 1 Christina Hammock Koch, and a person of color, Pilot Victor Glover, participate in a lunar mission.
The Artemis III team has not yet been named by NASA, but Prada is excited to contribute to this historic mission. Lorenzo Bertelli, Marketing Director of the Prada Group, expressed, “Our decades of experimentation, cutting-edge technology, and design expertise, which began in the 1990s with Luna Rossa competing for the America’s Cup, will now be applied to designing a spacesuit for the Artemis era.” Prada will work alongside Axiom Space’s Space Systems team to create what is known as the Axiom Extravehicular Mobility Unit (AxEMU) spacesuit. This spacesuit will be capable of withstanding zero gravity and a hostile environment while also offering cutting-edge design.
The Prada x Axiom Space collaboration is already being praised for bringing luxury to a new frontier and is described as a significant event in space exploration. The joint statement emphasizes Prada’s technical expertise in materials, manufacturing techniques, and innovative design concepts, which will be crucial to ensuring the comfort of astronauts on the lunar surface.
Although no photos of the spacesuit have been revealed yet, Prada and Axiom Space have time to perfect it before the Artemis III launch in two years.
Artemis II, as previously announced by NASA, will include Victor Glover, Christina Hammock Koch, Reid Wiseman, and Jeremy Hansen. Koch will eventually become the first woman to set foot on the moon, while Glover will be the first person of color. Artemis II will orbit the moon and “pave the way for landing the first woman on the moon in Artemis III,” according to NASA.