Navy recently announced it will wear astronaut-themed alternate uniforms during its annual rivalry game against Army on Dec. 10, which kicks off at 3 p.m. ET on CBS.
The uniforms honor the 54 Naval Academy graduates who have become astronauts, the most of any school in the country. That includes Alan Shepard, who was the first American in space in 1961 and took part in two moonwalks in 1971.
Graduate Bruce McCandless II also took the first untethered spacewalk in 1984, venturing further away from the ship than any previous astronaut. The right side of the Midshipmen’s blue helmet features a hand-painted photo of an untethered McCandless with the Earth in the background.
The left side of the helmet, meanwhile, displays NASA’s classic “worm” logo – which was used from 1975-92 – with the moon in the background. The two designs are separated a center stripe that is inspired by NASA’s astronaut pin, with a star and tail in the center.
The white jersey features a red NAVY wordmark across the chest and blue numbers in Helvetica, the typeface that NASA has used on space shuttles, signage and printouts for decades. The red stripes on both shoulders mimic the marks on the NASA spacewalk suit.
The left shoulder also includes the badge from the U.S.S. Enterprise, which was the world’s first nuclear aircraft carrier and notably tracked and measured the flight of the first American orbital spaceflight. McCandless and fellow graduate William McCool both served aboard the Enterprise.
The jersey is complete with an American flag on the left sleeve and NASA’s “meatball” logo on the right sleeve. The red panels on both sides of the white pants, meanwhile, feature the aforementioned astronaut pin, which is awarded in silver to astronauts who have completed basic training and gold to those who have flown in space.
Lastly, the white cleats are supposed to mimic the astronaut’s moon boots and have reflective dots to represent the stars.
Photos courtesy of @NavyFB on Twitter.