Koichi Wakata, the first Japanese astronaut to live on the International Space Station, is testing the clothes, called J-ware and created by textile experts at Japan Women’s University in Tokyo.
“He can wear his trunks (underwear) more than a week,” said Koji Yanagawa, an official with the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency.
Well, so can I. So can anyone. That part’s not innovative.
Wakata’s clothes, developed by researcher Yoshiko Taya, are designed to kill bacteria, absorb water, insulate the body and dry quickly. They also are flame-resistant and anti-static, not to mention comfortable and stylish.
You have no idea how long I’ve been searching for briefs that are both fireproof and flashy. Usually you have to sacrifice one for the other.
Wakata, who arrived at the station last week for a three-month stay, said on Sunday that the clothes appear to be working.
“Nobody has complained, so I think it’s so far, so good,” Wakata said
I would imagine that the threshold for complaining about smelly skivvies is somewhat different when circling the earth at crazy speeds in a maginal-gravity environment than it is when, say, prowling a terrestrial nightclub. And why do these guys bother with underwear anyway? Plenty of people down here on the ground go commando, so why not astronauts? What’s next, interstellar butt-floss?