And it's huggable, too. Astronaut and hobby crafter (and mother of a three-year-old) Karen Nyberg used her spare time on ISS and scrap fabric from a Russian food container to make a stuffed-toy dinosaur for her son. Kewlest stuffed-toy critter EVAR! Also kewlest Mom ever.
Crafting, like amateur radio, is a space-station-friendly hobby, as the supplies don't take up much room and even after you eliminate the hazardous ones (rubber cement and glitter are no doubt right out), you're left with plenty of fun. Plus it reinforces useful skills: the space station uses a lot of fabric for everything from toolboxes to food shippers to space suits and thread's a lot stronger than any glue they could safely deploy in the habitable volume.
What caught my eye from the various Mom-in-space articles was this photograph, in which once again ISS looks a lot like where I work:
Where I work, "lights out" is merely staggeringly costly; the stakes are somewhat higher aboard ISS. We seem to have made similar choices nevertheless.
H/T to The Unwanted Blog.
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