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These Jedi are actually the International Space Station’s Expedition 45 crew. This is the official NASA poster for their upcoming launch “Expedition XLV: The Science Continues.”

And this isn’t the first time NASA used a pop culture theme for an expedition poster. The Expedition 42 crew recently posed as characters from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

The 6 Jedi from the U.S., Russia and Japan, will be the first crew to reside on the International Space Station for one full year. The brave men and women shown above are, clockwise from top left: Russian cosmonauts Mikhail Kornienko, Sergei Volkov and Oleg Kononenko, NASA astronauts Scott Kelly and Kjell Lindgren, and Kimiya Yui from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.

Expedition 45 will launch in March of this year with Kelly and Kornienko on board to begin their year in orbit, followed by Kononenko, Lindgren and Yui in May. Volkov will join the crew in September.

(NASA via NBCnews.com)

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You might not ever get to go into space, but this jacket will make you look like you’re well on your way. The SpaceLife Jacket is designed to look like an astronaut’s spacesuit complete with patches and even a non-functional aluminum port.

It’s made of trilobal fiber and is waterproof and reflective so you’ll be warm and safe in your astronaut jacket (on Earth anyway). There are also Bluetooth speakers in the hood and playback buttons built into the cuff.

You can order it now, but you’ll be waiting awhile for your first flight as it doesn’t start shipping until September 2015. It’s also really, really expensive.

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Space nerds, we have your slippers. These space shuttle slippers are one size fits all so you can pretend you’re the shuttle and make rocket noises as you wander around your house. They’ve also got non-slip dots on the bottom to help keep you on your feet before you’ve had your morning coffee.

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Geek girls know from experience that many retailers don’t understand that we like the same things geek boys like. So, we often get girlyfied versions instead of something that’s just made in a girl’s size.

One such retailer, Lands’ End, was taken to task by a mom who wanted to know why the boys got space themed tee’s with the solar system or a NASA logo and girls only had options for “cute” shirts with colorful stars (see above) or dogs in tutus.

What’s interesting here is that, while many retailers might not give it another thought, Lands’ End responded and even went a step further by updating their t-shirt selection for girls.

You can check out the mom’s letter and Lands’ End’s response after the break.

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NYC’s Slow Factory has released two collections of translucent scarves: “Cities by Night” and “Floating in Space.” The first collection includes cities and countries as photographed by satellites and the International Space Station. The latter collection uses Hubble telescope images of space and certain nebulae, creating stunning fashion.

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Walk on the streets like astronauts walked on the moon with new footwear from General Electric and JackThreads. To celebrate the 45th anniversary of the first manned lunar landing, the companies have made limited edition sneakers/moon boots that resemble the astronauts’ footwear. They’re off white and gray and feature translucent and thermoplastic soles.

The shoes go on sale this Sunday, July 20th, at JackThreads. They’ll be $196.90 per pair and will deliver in September.

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We already knew that ISS Commander Steve Swanson was a bit of a sci-fi nerd thanks to the Firefly and Star Trek shirts he wore in the first Instagrams from space. Now we’re learning that he even hoped to have a little sci-fi in the official Expedition 40 crew patch. According to an interview with his wife on collectspace:

[He] collaborated with his daughter to create an insignia for the outpost’s Expedition 40 crew. What he and his fellow astronauts and cosmonauts ultimately launched with to the space station was a patch depicting the “past, present, and future of human space exploration.”
What Swanson had first proposed however, was a badge of a decidedly different type.

“He wanted something that was kind of badass,” revealed Mary Swanson, Steve’s wife, in a call with collectSPACE, “and Klingons are kind of badass.”

Yes, Klingons are most definitely badass and it would have been a pretty incredible patch had it passed muster and become official.

See a close-up of the Klingon “Brotherhood of the Sword” patch, Swanson’s design and the final patch design after the break.

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You can buy anything online, including a Russian spacesuit, but what to do with it once it arrives? Photographer Tim Dodd bought one such spacesuit and he put it to good use in a series of pictures called “Everyday Astronaut.” Basically, the series captures him doing “everyday stuff” wearing the spacesuit. He goes grocery shopping for Tang, mows the lawn on his Segway, and even eats some astronaut ice cream.

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NASA has come up with some new designs for the next iteration of its spacesuits and they’ve opened it up to the public to vote on which design will be the final choice. The Z-series started off with the Z-1 prototype but the public will vote on the next phase, the Z-2. They explain thusly:

After the positive response to the Z-1 suit’s visual design we received, we wanted to take the opportunity to provide this new suit with an equally memorable appearance. The cover layer of a prototype suit is important as it serves to protect the suit against abrasion and snags during the rigors of testing. With the Z-2, we’re looking forward to employing cover layer design elements never used in a spacesuit before. The designs shown were produced in collaboration with ILC, the primary suit vendor and Philadelphia University. The designs were created with the intent to protect the suit and to highlight certain mobility features to aid suit testing. To take it a step further, we are leaving it up you, the public, to choose which of three candidates will be built.

There are three designs, each focusing on a different area. The “Biomimicry” suit draws inspiration from the ocean with electroluminescent wire that become visible in low light, just like bioluminescent creatures found in our oceans. The “Technology” suit features Luminex wire and light-emitting patches designed to make it easier to identify crew members during space walks. The final design is “Trends in Society” which uses electroluminescent wire in a suit designed to look like the everyday clothes we might wear in the future.

You can vote for your favorite through April 15, 2014 at 11:59pm EDT.

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Adam Savage has a thing for space exploration. The fedora-wearing special effects designer with Mythbusters even owns his own custom-made replica of a NASA Apollo flight jacket.

But now he’s got something even better than a jacket: a replica spacesuit! Yep, he recently acquired a custom-made NASA Mercury-era spacesuit replica. According to Tested, “it’s the iconic U.S. Navy Mark IV suit designed by B.F. Goodrich Company and worn by astronauts like John Glenn.” The suit was crafted by a professional costume company called The Magic Wardrobe, and it’s technically a hybrid design that blends a whole mess of modern and vintage tech and clothing.

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