This is Awesome | Sewing & Rocket Science

My friend Jess was telling me today about a story she heard recently on NPR about a seamstress at NASA.

Theresa Haygood worked at Kennedy Space Center, sewing small, quilt-like blankets using glass thread and special heat-resistant cloth.  The thermal blankets protected the shuttles during re-entry to the earth's atmosphere.

Now that the space shuttle program is coming to an end, she's looking for a new job.  But it's interesting to see the crazy and unexpected ways that sewing (and even quilting) intersect with fields I never would have imagined.  Quilting for rocket science.  Hmmm.

The full article, Crafting Shuttles: Labor of Love, Vanishing Art can be found here.


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