Astronaut Buzz Aldrin is Now Selling Mars-Themed Solar Backpacks
Lately, Aldrin has been moving into the fashion world, although with one condition: anything with his name on it needs to promote Mars exploration, as the man is a firm believer that Mars should be the next frontier that humans set foot on. So until then, he's partnering with brands like Sprayground to sell Mars-themed backpacks with solar panels.
Stop the press. @TheRealBuzz is bringing out a limited edition #MissiontoMars fashion line. We are bursting with excitement. Order your #solar backpack now! @Sprayground https://t.co/o5cLLzdORX pic.twitter.com/n6YFbqRi0G— British Renewables (@BritishRen) February 9, 2018
The backpack is part of Sprayground's Mission to Mars line of outdoorsy things like baseball caps, duffel bags, gloves, etc. But the solar backpack is the most interesting - running in at $150, the backpack comes with eight solar panel strips, two USB ports (for charging devices with said solar panels) and an external battery pack. It also has the words "Buzz Aldrin" and "Mars" written on it, which should come as no surprise.
Since nobody has actually been to Mars just yet, the backpack's style approximates what a Mars spacesuit might look like, with silver and orange that probably won't be too far off. It's all still in the realm of science fiction for now, although that might change soon as potential Mars-visiting rockets like the Falcon Heavy or SLS improve.
And like we mentioned before, this isn't Aldrin's first foray into space fashion. Last year, he strutted down a runway alongside Bill Nye at New York Fashion Week to promote more silver Mars-themed clothing. It was called the "Life on Mars: Fall-Winter 2035" collection to mark a reasonable year when humans might live on the Red Planet.
After that fashion show, Aldrin commented that walking on a runway was much easier than walking on the moon, so it was no trouble for him. He seems to be having a similar amount of fun selling these solar backpacks.