As a company that makes some of the best, warmest, softest, most comfortable Merino fabrics in the world, of course we’re going to tell you how awesome we think Merino is. And after one touch of our unique, superfine Australian MicroMerino® fabrics we’re pretty confident you’ll agree and never go back to stinky synthetics. (Or second-best Merino fabrics either!) But who would’ve thought Merino would embark on a mission into the universe?

NASA uses Merino Wool in space

“NASA astronauts are being fitted-out in superfine Merino wool for its suitability for orbit” NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman. Photo: NASA

BOLDLY GOING WHERE NO MAN HAS GONE BEFORE.

Our customers often say our clothing is ‘out of this world’, as they are ridiculously warm and comfortable. But now we hear Merino will literally be going on an out of this world mission and into that huge black area filled with bright stars we like to call ‘space’.

Space exploration giant NASA will be boldly taking Merino where no man has gone before, making it part of their astronauts’ uniforms. The astronauts won’t be wearing I/O Merino this time around, which is a shame for them as they’d be super comfortable in our MicroMerino® fabrics, but at least they’ll be enjoying many of the natural benefits Merino has to offer.

WHY NASA CHOOSE MERINO

As the I/O Merino Crew and extended family have done for generations, NASA is now sourcing Merino wool for its natural protective powers and ultimate comfort. Amongst other things, apparently NASA were super impressed with the ‘flame resistant’ qualities, where Merino flame resistant in temperatures up to 600 degrees, keeping their astronauts safe when they get a little hot under the collar. It probably won’t help them if they land on the sun, but 600 degrees is not a bad start. This particular feature is likely to be less relevant to most of you, unless you have a space trip planned any time soon, but it’s still a great reminder that Merino really is a pretty remarkable fabric and there’s nothing else quite like it on Earth. Or, presumably off Earth either.

Merino’s anti-static properties are also important for astronauts as loose fibers can cause filtration issues on board a spacecraft and, some serious problems for Houston. We’re guessing the antimicrobial, anti-stink features probably come in pretty handy as well when you’re stuck on a spaceship for an extended period of time! Given our love affair with Merino, we’re not at all surprised to hear its taking off with NASA, so it seems it’s one small step for man, one heck of a leap for Merino!

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