Astronaut Karen Nyberg's son is getting a special gift when she gets home from her latest mission: a toy Tyrannosaurus she made from scraps while aboard the International Space Station.

Nyberg posted this photo of the toy to her Pinterest board:

Made in space!! 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. KN from space.


collectSPACE notes that, while many space travelers have brought toys into space—sometimes as good luck charms—this may be the first toy actually fabricated in space. Hopefully, Nyberg's three-year-old son Jack will treasure the dinosaur for decades to come.

'Made in space!' Astronaut sews dinosaur toy from space station scraps [collectSPACE via Boing Boing]