Hey Sisters, Sew Sisters
27:29 | Dec 31st, 2019
epekilis recommended:Jan 26th
@mm I just heard this one too. Some parts of the astronauts’ spacesuit equipment are actually handsewn, by, like, tailors and seamstresses from the garment industry. Completely ordinary people who take such pride in what they do. Terrific storytelling.
@epekilis There needs to be more stories and a whole series on the people behind the big events and things we honour and celebrate!
@mm Yeah, to me that’s the ultimate podcast episode. The ones that find the human element in the big story. Human interest stories help me understand and relate to really big things that otherwise seem intangible and just impossible to relate to like scientific developments, economic trends, climate change. But when you hear about the Playter bra lady sewing the space suit, or frankly that design guy in the NASA Small Steps podcast talking about all the factors they have to take in designing a modern space suit, then all of a sudden I feel like I have a better perspective on “Why don’t they just make a space suit that fits women astronauts!!!”
@epekilis Yes! All of it! You just reminded me of the #bigfail of the planned all-women spacewalk that didn't happen at first because the one of the suits didn't fit. 🤦♀️
@epekilis thanks for recommending this episode! I knew about this group of women but most only peripherally, as it was kind of glossed over in the Moon Landing documentaries I watched. I can't wait to give it a listen.
mm recommended:Jan 24th
A heartwarming story about the space "Sew Sisters", the women who sewed the spacesuits for the moon landing and thermal blankets for the spaceplane. And this episode was hosted by a female NASA astronaut, Nicole Stott, too! 🧵👩🏽🚀