Ars Technica will leave no stone unturned when it comes to space coverage—even if it means braving the pages of Teen Vogue. And so this week I found myself sidling into my pre-teen daughter’s room and surreptitiously picking up the June/July issue of the magazine off her desk.
It was not an easy read for these middle-aged eyes, which haven’t been fashion conscious for decades (if ever). But I eventually found Anwar Hadid on page something or other (fashion magazines rarely put page numbers on the pages). I had never heard of this guy, but he is apparently a big deal among the teens. He’s the younger brother of “top models” Gigi and Bella and the son of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Yolanda and real estate mogul Mohamed. And now he’s a model, too. (The article cites something called “Hadid mania.”)
Anyway, Anwar is showing off a NASA flight suit in a full-page image. According to the article, this “Alpha Industries” designed suit retails for $111. It’s a reproduction of NASA’s Advanced Crew Escape Suit worn by space shuttle astronauts during ascent and entry. The new design, of course, is more suitable to wear on Earth, and it’s based on one that can be bought at Kennedy Space Center’s gift shop.