Micro-Gravity University: Moisture Transport in Textiles for Spaceflight

Apparel design students pose at NASA

NASA's first team of fashion design undergraduate students competed for their spot aboard a microgravity test flight. Their mission? Keeping astronauts' hands dry!


In space, sweat doesn't flow or drip. In the sun, temperatures can reach 600 degrees (F)! The space suit has a liquid cooling garment that keeps most of the body cool, but it doesn't fit inside the intricate and tight quarters of the space glove. The result: hands that can be wet for 8 hours! Our team worked to measure different methods of moving moisture away from the hands in a low-profile, soft structure. Since liquids don't move the same way in earth gravity as in microgravity, the microgravity flight was a must to measure which method works best.