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This morning, the world saw ‘Star Trek’ actor William Shatner becomes oldest person to go into space. At the age of 90, he joined three others aboard Blue Origin, a spacecraft founded by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, and returned safely to Earth several minutes later. Although the journey was not very long, you (or your little ones) might feel excited about the wondrous phenomenon of our universe. I mean, it’s not every day that humans get a top-down view of the Earth from the infinite space above us!
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If you’re feeling inspired — or, really, like we’re freaking out — here are 5 space-inspired accessories, toys, and more to shop right now.
1. NASA Logo Graphic Tees
The Iconic NASA “Meatball” Logo—Yeah, that’s the real name of the logo– From stickers to mugs to T-shirts, has become a staple in pop culture and merchants. Show off your space-enthusiast side with a classic (and, not to mention, stylish) T-shirt featuring the iconic NASA logo. Plus, the whole family can have fun with tons of options for toddlers, teens and adults from brands like Walmart, Old Navy.
- Get the NASA Distressed Logo Youth T-Shirt at Walmart for $16.95
- $16. Get the NASA Gender-Neutral Graphic Tees for Adults at Old Navy for
2. Backpacker’s Pantry Astronaut Vanilla Ice Cream Sandwich
I don’t know about you, but trying freeze-dried astronaut food for the first time during your elementary school years is a very happy memory. This ready-to-eat treat features freeze-dried ice cream in a chocolate cookie wafer. The novelty of enjoying breakfast in space like astronauts is worth trying freeze-dried ice cream, even if it’s just once!
3. LEGO NASA Space Shuttle Discovery 10283 Set
While Legos are a great, practical gift for any creative child, they aren’t reserved just for kids. This Space Shuttle Discover Lego model is an intricate building feat made specifically for adults (but kids can join in on the fun, too). With 2,354 pieces, you’ll build replica items from the shuttle, such as retractable landing gear, opening cockpits, and even the Hubble Space Telescope from NASA’s 1990 STS-31 mission.
4. “The End of Everything (Astrophysically Speaking)”
For an existential read about our entire wider universe, “The End of Everything (Astrophysically Speaking)” from astrophysicist Katie Mack will take you through five possibilities theorized by cosmologists about how the universe might end. Enjoy the name of the New York Times’ Notable Book of 2020, “Interstellar” — a slew of mind-bending and eye-opening theories about what the end of our universe might be.
5. Discovery Mindblown Toy Space and Planetarium Project
Explore our solar system with this 360-rotating projector—no spacecraft required. See surreal images of space or get lost in the projection of the stars scattered on the ceiling, among 32 slides of stunning images. Kids (and adults) who are curious about our universe will be amazed at this tiny battery-powered projector.
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