As plush dinosaurs go, this little green Tyrannosaurus rex is pretty freaking cute. That is, until you find out that he was handmade on the International Space Station by NASA astronaut and mechanical engineer Karen Nyberg. A toy dino made in space? By an astronaut? Yep, that’s not just cute, that’s completely awesome.
Karen made the toy during moments of downtime on the ISS using the velcro-like fabric that lines the Russian food containers onboard the space station. The adorable dinosaur was sewn together using needles and thread that the industrious astronaut brought aboard herself. To stuff it she used scraps of an old t-shirt. We love his pudgy green belly.
And here’s the icing on the cake: Karen made this toy for her 3-year-old son - who, as soon as he receives this awesome gift, will have some of the best little kid bragging rights ever: owner of the first and (for now) only toy made in space.
It seems we have a new addition to the Department of Awesome Parenting.