We’ve already gotten our first peek at the spacesuit that astronauts will wear when they’re riding in SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spaceship, but SpaceX CEO Elon Musk set hearts racing once again today when he sent out a picture showing the spacesuit being modeled next to the Dragon 2:
The picture emphasizes the classic black-and-white color scheme for the suit as well as the ship, which looks quite a bit different from the robotic Dragon 1 that’s currently being used to transfer cargo to and from the International Space Station.
If all goes according to plan, the suit and the ship will get their first in-space tryout next year, when SpaceX and Boeing are scheduled to start ferrying astronauts to the station.
Boeing’s blue-and-gray spacesuit had its big moment earlier this year on CBS’ “Late Show With Stephen Colbert” when it was modeled at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida alongside the company’s Starliner space taxi.
Who’ll wear which spacesuit first? Right now, SpaceX is scheduled to take the first turn at flying astronauts in mid-2018, but that schedule could easily change depending on how quickly the two companies make progress on the Dragon and the Starliner. To keep track of that progress, check out NASA’s blog postings on the Commercial Crew Program.
But who’ll wear it better? The SpaceX suit certainly has its fans: Within just a couple of hours, the Instagram posting attracted more than 140,000 likes, and Musk’s follow-up Twitter post attracted 4,600 likes and 1,300 retweets.