Kids With Cancer Decorate Astronaut’s Suit

     (CN) — Children with cancer chatted Friday with an astronaut aboard the International Space Station who was wearing a hand-painted spacesuit they helped decorate.
     Astronaut Katie Robins wore the suit, dubbed “Courage,” during a chat with patients from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.
     Robins, who has a degree in cancer biology, answered questions from the patients, NASA said.
     Three hand-painted suits have been created through a project that NASA says is designed “to raise awareness about the benefits of pairing art with medicine.”
     The 20-minute, Earth-to-space call aired live on NASA Television and the agency’s website.
     Two other spacesuits were created during NASA’s project: “Hope” and “Unity.”
     “Unity” was created at cancer hospitals in Germany, Russia, and Japan, with collaboration from astronauts from the European Space Agency, the Russian Federal Space Agency and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.
     “We had everything from the Russian flag to strawberries or flowers, to the sun and just abstract kind of paintings, as well as some things that when you look at them you would say that a young Russian person painted that. Some kind of traditional designs that you would associate with Russia,” NASA astronaut Nicole Scott told Sputnik News on Sept. 6.

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