There was a time -- Hair Balls is reasonably sure -- when every kid wanted to be an astronaut when he or she grew up. And why not? They were watching on TV as astronauts were launched into space and walked on the moon. It was the age of the space race and the men (because of course it was all men back in the Apollo years) were the cowboys of the future. Well, all those kids have grown up by now, and commercial space flight still seems to be a ways off, but it turns out someone with a hankering to play a little Apollo astronaut pretend can make it even more realistic with an Apollo space suit replica.
The suits are made of a "nylon denim twill fabric" and come with all the trimmings -- metal hose fittings, fitted space gloves, all the bits and pieces. For just $2,250 (plus a $100 shipping fee and tax), the whole thing, made by Space Toys, can be yours. However, as the name of the company implies, this thing is a toy, not a real space suit. Anyone who's got an eye on purchasing one with intentions of heading toward outer space might want to rethink that plan.
For those who long for one of these suits. Space Toys has cheaper replicas, too, though we have to admit those don't look as cool. Space Toys also offers a $9,500 Apollo 11 space suit, but even that one is a far cry from being capable of keeping a person alive in outer space.
But for those who have a longing to spend time on this planet, pretending to be an old-school astronaut, and a hit at costume parties, either of these suits could be just the ticket. However, there's an implication based on the product descriptions that the good people of Space Toys expect people to put these suits in their personal collections or museums or something, so we advise caution in all things. Playing dress-up in one of these suits is one thing, but suffocating to death would be a decidedly less nerdy-cool cool.
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This may seem like a lot of money, but for those who are really into space exploration, it might be a good way to move from the current situation in which political tensions have affected the space program -- Russia just announced it won't be bothering with the International Space Station after 2020, which is potentially a mess for the U.S. since right now we have no other way to get our astronauts there -- back to the good ole days when competing with the Soviets was what drove us into space in the first place.