An image of a NASA shirt has appeared on the Internet, with the caption “Nasa shirt” printed on it.
The shirt is the same one that Nasa astronaut John Glenn wore during his five-year mission to the International Space Station in 2004.
The new shirt, which NASA calls the “NASA T-shirt”, has been found on NASA’s website, which shows a white shirt and grey pants.
A NASA spokesman told AFP news agency the shirt was found by a NASA astronaut on a NASA capsule.
“He found it and then we took a closer look, and it turned out it’s not a real shirt, but we got it from NASA,” he said.
“It’s an old NASA shirt that has been used by astronauts for a while.”NASA astronaut John T. Glenn’s NASA T-Shirt NASA astronaut John D. Glenn wearing a NASA T shirt during his mission to space in 2004.(AFP photo: John Tlumacki)NASA said it was investigating the shirt and would let the public know if it was authentic.
The agency did not immediately respond to requests for comment from AFP.NASA astronauts John Glenn and Jim Lovell wear NASA T shirts during their five-month stay on the International Spaceship Event in 2003.(AFP Photo: John Dickson)NASA astronaut and current US Vice President Joe Biden wears a NASA t-shirt during his visit to the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Thursday.(AFP)A NASA official said the shirt would be sent to NASA’s Johnson Space Center for testing.
“If it turns out it is authentic, we’ll let the world know,” the official said.
“It’s been a really exciting year for NASA.”
A NASA spokeswoman told AFP that the astronaut found the shirt in his capsule on the space station’s Soyuz spacecraft.
“The astronaut found it on a mission module and used it to test his T-shirts and his astronaut’s suit for the first time,” the spokeswoman said.
The NASA shirt was on display at the Kennedy Center in Florida for a day on Thursday, where it was taken off a capsule and handed over to astronauts for testing before being taken to the Johnson Space center for testing and analysis.
The Johnson Space station, where the astronauts live, is the main launch pad for the International Orbital Transit System, or ISS, the US space programme launched into space in 2009.
The International Space station’s robotic arm hovers above the Russian cosmonaut cosmonauts Yuri Malenchenko and Sergey Ryazanskiy.(AFP PHOTO: Mikhail Klimentyev)The shirt had been on display on the NASA site, where a large white rectangle with the words “NASHUTSU” was painted on the back.NASA said in a statement that it was “proud to have this shirt in our collection”.
“This is the first NASA shirt ever found and it has been in our care for five years.
This is truly a great gift for astronauts and their families,” the statement said.