The measurement device is made by the German-based company Courage + Khazaka and will be used to measure the change in skin elasticity of an astronaut aboard the Soyuz rocket that launched on May 29.
The project, called Skin B, is a successor to a 2006 skin care study in which skin hydration and structure in space was measured. According to the article, the test will hopefully reveal whether or not a six month period in space increases the aging rate of skin — if it does, "space experts promise [it] can be reversible after one year." Um, yay?
So, the hope is that in 50 years — when we've abandoned Earth in favor of an orbiting space station utopia à la Elysium — at least we'll know how to keep our skin looking all ageless. What, that wasn't on your list of immediate future concerns? (Cosmetics Design-Europe)