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Bundle up before striding into space

Spacecraft and satellites have tough lives – temperatures in orbit can reach crazy hot 200C and plunge to -150C, depending on whether the Sun is out or in. Aerogel – dubbed 'frozen smoke'– isan ultra-light high-tech material created to insulate space probes sent to Mars. It now protects coat-wearing humans by providing essential fabric insulation under extreme conditions – down to -50C. And these coats aren't lacking style! They were designed – you guessed it – in Italy.

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