In Pictures: Living every day as an astronaut

It may not be the most practical way of dressing but this is what it is like to live every day as an astronaut.

When we do eventually colonise parts of space what we wear will have changed incredibly but these photos show what challenges our clothing may need to adapt to.

Photographer Tim Dodd purchased the Russian space suit in an online auction in November 2013 and since then he’s been photographing it being used in situations that we encounter on a regular basis.

From daily routines of teeth brushing to a night out clubbing, the suit has been experiencing scenarios that its designers would never have envisioned.

He was, unsurprisingly, the only bidder on the suit and says he has always been a lover of space.

Here we see some of his best photographs of the suit in use and find out what made him buy the suit. More of his work can be found on his Instagram account


What made you decide to bid on the space suit in the first place?

It was the only item not being bid on that I thought would be fun. It was a little impulsive, but I knew I could have some fun with it!


Why did you decide to take the “everyday” angle with the images?

I was in a sense trying to project my inner childhood love for space. I wanted the character do what little kids do when they think they’re a super hero, they don’t take the costume off and everything revolves around it.

I just thought it’d be a fun way to express my love for space in a fun way.


You mentioned you had a childhood love of space – what is it about space that appeals to you?

I think seeing how much has come from the space industry. How much it inspires us all. How important it is to continue to invest in it because someday our technology will save us from either ourselves (getting off the planet) or from a collision event.

I think about how such a small investment in our money in the 60’s STILL empowers and inspires people 45 years later.


Has the space program met your childhood expectations?

Lately, no. We’ve seen massive budget cuts in NASA funding since the shuttle era ended. I want to see those numbers go way back up. I’m glad the private industry is doing some interesting things, but they have a way to go.

I’m very excited about the initiative Space-X is taking, but I sure hope they can deliver on their promises. It will be amazing to see re-usable spacecraft in the next decade.


Where do you hope we are with space technology in 10, 20 years time?

Re-usable and affordable space travel. I hope that in the next 20 years, I can afford to take a trip into space (even if it’s really expensive) like people can buy first class plane tickets.

All images courtesy of Tim Dodd

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