Makers In Space

Doctor, mom, astronaut and maker extraordinaire are just a few words to describe Karen Nyberg.

Her bio reads like your typical dream astronaut, both competent and capable.  But it is her Pinterest page where she shows how outstanding she really is.

While on the ISS, astronaut Karen Nyberg made this dinosaur for her son, created from reclaimed velcro-like fabric that lines the Russian food containers. Credit: Karen Nyberg via Pinterest.

Credit: Karen Nyberg.

While on her latest trip to the ISS, Karen made this dinosaur for her 3-year old son, in space…without a sewing machine…and no fabric store.  Just an idea and determination.

She created the dino from reclaimed velcro-like fabric that lines the Russian food containers (normally delivered to the ISS and then burned up in the atmosphere) and stuffed it with scraps from a used t-shirt.  Now that’s thinking outside the box.

Karen has now set the bar for upcycling, recycling, making and crafting all in on fell swoop.

Pure genius.

As one commenter on Pinterest said, “How awesome to have someone promoting/demonstrating crafting, science and education and a mother’s love from the ISS!”  Her son will have the best dinosaur ever!  Along with some wonderful memories for Karen.

I have had the pleasure of listening to talks from various ISS crew members and they all say the same thing: there is only a little personal time while onboard, so they have to make the most of it.  This was time well spent.

You can see more of Karen Nyberg’s images on her Pinterest page.

– Ex astris, scientia –

I am and avid amateur astronomer and intellectual property attorney in Pasadena, California and I am a Rising Star as rated by Super Lawyers Magazine.  As a former Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy, I am a proud member of the Armed Service Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association working to aid all active duty and veterans in our communities. Connect with me on Google +


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