Adam Savage’s life is just frankly unfair. It’s bad enough that he gets paid to blow things up, put Hollywood’s sillier action moments to the test, and hang around Kari Byron all day. But he also gets to throw around all that mad MythBusters money to buy things like exact replicas of the Apollo program flight jackets and, even cooler, the gorgeous spacesuit design used by NASA’s Mercury-era astronauts. I admit it: I’m burning with incandescent jets of pure envy right now. This may very well be the moment that tips me over the edge of reason and into a career as a supervillain focused on stealing the entire contents of Adam Savage’s man cave.
Savage had both the flight jacket and the flight jacket and spacesuit custom built, the latter from PVC leather and machined aluminum for the metal bits. Whether you’re a space junkie or a cosplayer with a keen eye for a well-constructed outfit, there’s plenty to drool over. Here’s Savage talking up his latest acquisitions, with lots of focus on the sheer number of details and accuracy that went into the Mercury spacesuit. I wants it…my precious…
Project Mercury was the United States’ first human spaceflight program, running from 1959 – 1963. The NASA astronauts involved became known as the Mercury Seven: Alan Shepard, Gus Grissom, John Glenn, Scott Carpenter, Wally Schirra, Gordon Cooper, and Deke Slayton. Their stories were fictionalized, among other places, in The Right Stuff and the first episode of HBO’s excellent From the Earth to the Moon mini-series.
And here are a few more pictures of Savage showing off and modeling the suit. You can see a ton more on Savage and Jamie Hyneman’s addictively fun Jamie & Adam Tested website. Now it’s just a matter of time before Savage inadvertently winds up shanghaied by space pirates. Say hi to the Mother Thing for me!