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Cuddly tyrannosaur crafted from Russian food podules

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An astronaut and expert robotics engineer serving aboard the International Space Station has built a dinosaur from odds and ends salvaged from around the orbiting outpost.

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'Naut Karen Nyberg, who currently holds the job of flight engineer on the station, is an expert roboticist by training, having several degrees and a stint as Chief of the NASA Robotics Branch to her credit. However she did not, as one might suppose, put these skills to use when she decided to assemble a spacegoing dinosaur in her spare moments.

Rather Ms Nyberg chose to deploy her perhaps equally advanced expertise in sewing and quilt-making, and fashioned a small cuddly dino as opposed to a giant Transformers-style robot or animatronic offering. Then she popped a photo of the little fellow drifting in zero gravity onto Pinterest, as you do.

"Made in space!!" she enthuses in the caption, before giving details on the construction materials:

I made this dinosaur for my son last Sunday, September 22. It is made out of velcro-like fabric that lines the Russian food containers found here on the International Space Station. It is lightly stuffed with scraps from a used t-shirt.

Nyberg travelled up to the station aboard a Soyuz capsule from the Russian space-drome at Baikonur on 28 May. She became an astronaut in 2000, and went into space once previously – in 2008 – as a mission specialist aboard the shuttle Discovery. She lists her recreational interests as "running, sewing, drawing and painting, backpacking, piano, and spending time with [her] family". ®

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