2022 Army vs. Navy Game: Midshipmen unveil NASA-themed uniforms for 123rd meeting with Black Knights

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Army and Navy have come up with some clever alternate uniforms for their rivalry game in recent years, and Navy’s 2022 threads are out of this world — pun very much intended. The school released its uniforms for the showdown on Monday, and they are dedicated to the 54 Navy graduates who have gone on to become astronauts. That is, according to the school, more astronauts than any other institution has produced.

Alan Shepard, a 1944 graduate of the Naval Academy, was the first American in space in 1961 and served as one of NASA’s first seven astronauts. He also landed on the moon as part of the Apollo 14 crew in 1971. Fellow graduate Bruce McCandless II was the first astronaut to go on an untethered space walk in 1985.

Navy’s helmet will feature handcrafted paintings of McCandless’ space walk with Earth in the background. The other side of the helmet will feature the NASA logo.

The uniform, which will be white with red stripes and blue American flag markings, is designed to resemble a space walk uniform. The pants will include the NASA astronaut pin that was given to some of America’s earliest astronauts upon returning. Players will also wear shoes designed to look similar to boots that astronauts wear while on a mission.

Take a look at the hype video for Navy’s uniforms below:

The 123rd Army vs. Navy Game is set to be played on Dec. 10 at 3 pm ET from Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. The game will be broadcast live on CBS.

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