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Originally posted by Blue Shift
In the old days of the Mercury program, they took ordinary flight suits and spray painted them silver. Why? Because they looked cooler, man! The space program has pretty much always been about public relations and patriotic drum beating.
P.S. -- White makes it look like they're doing something highly important and scientific that requires high levels of cleanliness and precision, like a doctor or scientist. Not just floating around in droplets of their own urine.edit on 17-11-2011 by Blue Shift because: (no reason given)
They use 24k gold to cover the space craft so the IR radiation does not mess around with the equipment