Houston Astros debut new ‘Space City’ uniforms with nod to NASA
– The Houston Astros are celebrating their hometown’s connection to space exploration with a new uniform inspired in part by the clothing and materials of NASA astronauts.
The Major League Baseball team debuted their new Nike City Connect uniforms on Sunday April 10, before players wear them for the first time when they face the Los Angeles Angels on April 20. The Astros will then take on “Space City”. -Themed outfits for their Monday home games at Minute Maid Park, including “NASA Night” on July 16.
“Our City Connect uniform bridges past and present, making the old new, a nod to our city’s great history of space travel,” said Anita Sehgal, Senior Vice President of Communications and Marketing. of the Houston Astros, in a released statement. on Sunday. “We don’t see this as just a uniform, but as a movement for our city and we’re excited to share it today.”
The new uniform’s jersey features “Space City” stenciled across the chest in a font inspired by the NASA logotype affectionately known as the “worm.” Houston adopted “Space City” as its official nickname in 1967 after NASA established its Manned Spacecraft Center (now Johnson Space Center) in southeast Houston.
Home to the Astronaut Corps and Mission Control, many NASA crews called back to Earth simply by addressing “Houston”, including the first astronauts to land on the moon.
Continuing the theme of the uniform, the sleeves of the jerseys are decorated with a grid pattern resembling the star maps used by astronomers. A “mission patch” on the left arm displays Houston’s four area codes at the corners of the Astros’ version of the Texas state flag.
The Nike logo (swoosh) on the upper right chest is embroidered with gold thread similar to the multi-layered insulation used to cover and protect much of the mission equipment sent into space. A gold lunar lander and Apollo 11 quote, “Houston the Eagle Has Landed” embroidered above the jock tag is a symbol of accomplishment and reaching new heights.
Likewise, the phrase “Go for Launch” is also stitched into the jersey, appearing in Astros orange on the inside of the collar. The inscription is intended as a constant reminder to players that “our mission to achieve greatness is ‘go for launch'”.
The nods also extend to the uniform’s hat, pants and socks, continuing the “Space City” theme from head to toe.
Starting at the top, the logo on the cap adds the orbital path of a planet to the team’s traditional “Star H” design. A small badge on the right side of the hat also reads “Astros” in NASA worm font.
The placement of each player’s number on their right trouser leg is unconventional, symbolizing the team’s desire to “make their own way”. Similarly, the transition of the sock gradient from dark red to bright yellow is meant to represent the thrust of rocket engines blasting launch vehicles into space.
Throughout, the navy blue Nike City Connect uniforms also incorporate rainbow piping and highlights reminiscent of the look of the 1970s Astros.
The Union Station team store in Minute Maid Park and the Houston Astros online store now sell City Connect merchandise including authentic and replica player jerseys, hats, t-shirts and socks. The team store will have extended opening hours until Saturday April 16, before the start of uniform use the following week.
The Nike MLB City Connect program was created in 2021 to celebrate the connection between every Major League Baseball team and their city. The designs of these uniforms aim to capture the personality, values and customs that make each community and its residents unique. The Houston Astros are the second team to debut their new uniforms this year.