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Designer Underwear in Space – What Gravity Did Wrong

May 11, 2015 1 min read

Gravity, the recently released blockbuster film starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, has started much speculation into how accurately life and the experience of being in space was depicted.

Far from being able to wear the brief, boy-short styled underwear and the skimpy camisole that Sandra Bullock wears in Gravity, veteran astronaut and commander of the International Space Station, Dr Leroy Chiao, stated in an interview that real astronauts wear a garment for liquid cooling and ventilation beneath their heavy and bulky spacesuit. And because of space’s zero gravity, it can take a lot of time to remove or put on the suit and often even requires another person’s help to get out of.

 On top of this, underneath the cooling and ventilation garment, astronauts actually wear adult-sized nappies instead of regular underwear.

There are some other major differences between space and how it is depicted in films such as Gravity. In the film, Bullock’s hair remains perfectly styled and stays in place beautifully. In reality, hair floats in space and tends to flow upwards.

Most of all, the light-heartedness and humour that George Clooney shows in the film when powering around is different to the atmosphere and expectations of being outside the capsule in real life. According to The Daily Mail, Chiao emphasised that being outside the capsule is always treated with the utmost seriousness.