Astronaut style, by decade…
With commercial spaceflight around the corner, some may be given to wonder: What will private and research astronauts look like?
There are only a couple of examples so far, and people tend to assume that astronauts have always appeared the same – pioneers in blue flightsuits with a determined, gritted jaw. However, such is not the case. As the decades have rolled by, humanity’s vanguard has brandished a rainbow of color schemes, and its demographic has changed dramatically.
Take a look. Perhaps the appearance of our future off-world venturers will echo those of the past.
Appearance of NASA astronauts ca. 1960s. (Credit: NASA)
Appearance of NASA astronauts and USSR cosmonauts ca. 1970s. (Credit: NASA)
Appearance of NASA astronaut, ca. 1980s. (Credit: NASA)
Appearance of NASA astronaut ca. 1990. (Credit: NASA)
Appearance of NASA astronaut ca. 1997. (Credit: NASA)
Appearance of the world's first commerical astronauts, ca. 2004. (Credit: Scaled Composites)
Appearance of Chinese taikonauts, ca. 2005. (Credit: CNSA)
Appearance of NASA and ESA astronauts and Russian cosmonauts, ca. 2009. (Credit: NASA)