URI design professor ponders what to wear in space

20130530SpaceWearQuestions that keep Aspelund up at night: How will astronauts do laundry in space? How can we recycle old clothes in space? Is there a way to make clothes in space?
Those questions might be answered soon. Aspelund just won a $15,000 grant from URI’s Council for Research to begin background research for the project, with the hope of eventually creating guidelines and prototypes.
Aspelund got interested in space apparel last year when he was sitting in his car in the driveway of his Warwick house listening to a National Public Radio report about the 100 Year Starship Initiative, a program aimed at inspiring travel beyond our solar system by 2112.