ISS Astronaut Makes Space Dinosaur Toy For Son

September 30, 2013


Astronaut Karen Nyberg made this stuffed dinosaur toy for her young son out of scrap supplies she found aboard the International Space Station. Hopefully not anything important like I would have done. "GW -- where did you get that big red button?" I found it. "Found it where?" Attached to the emergency control panel. *sirens blaring, space station burns up in atmosphere*

"Made in space!" Nyberg, an Expedition 37 crew member, exclaimed in her caption for a photo of the toy giant lizard that she uploaded to the Pinterest photo-sharing website. "I made this dinosaur for my son last Sunday, September 22."

Nyberg, a self-described crafter whose hobbies including quilting and sewing, packed threads, sewing needles and small fabric samples for her trip to space. But to make the dinosaur, she scavenged materials that she found aboard her orbital home.

"It is made out of Velcro-like fabric that lines the Russian food containers [that are] found here on the International Space Station," Nyberg wrote. "It is lightly stuffed with scraps from a used T-shirt."

"Made in space" -- that's awesome. I want something that was made in space. But noooooo, all I have is a piss-stained (mostly cats) space foam mattress. Was the foam really even designed in space? I feel like that's all a lie. I feel like if it was REAL space technology I wouldn't have to Febreeze it every two days to make the pee smell go away.

Thanks to Ed and TBTMH, who agree the coolest thing to make in space is love.

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