Back in 2012, Nike and Tom Sachs collaborated on a shoe for Tommaso Rivellini, a mechanical engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. While utilizing the same material Rivellini used to invent airbags for Mars rovers, they then found out that the sneaker “breaks like a paper clip” when folded too much in the same spot.
“We put it through all of the usual Nike tests,” Sachs notes, “but we discovered an unknown unknown.”
Years later, a second and more improved version of the Mars Yard will be releasing, aptly dubbed the Mars Yard 2.0. The shoe is scheduled to arrive next week at Nike and Sachs’s “Space Camp” in NYC. The event includes an obstacle course, based on various physical and mental exercises that Sachs does with his team three times a week, and a film screening, all while detailing the importance of failure in art and athletics (and in outer space).
The Mars Yard 2.0. will retail for $200 USD.
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- Source: NY Times