Space Suit Art Project brings hope to pediatric cancer patients

http://youtu.be/fChhI7t9Z1I Two of Space City’s best-known institutions — The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) — have partnered to bring the benefits of arts and science to pediatric cancer patients while increasing awareness of childhood cancer. More than 531 patients, families, and staff members painted original artwork used to create full-sized space suits for the Space Suit Art Project. Born out of an idea from MD Anderson’s Arts in Medicine Program, which helps pediatric patients cope with cancer treatment through art, this project inspired leaders at NASA’s International Space Station (ISS) to support the effort with help from astronauts, scientists and engineers. NASA provided patterns for the suits and worked with ILC Dover, a manufacturing and engineering company that develops NASA space suits. ILC Dover assembled the suits by stitching the hand-painted art pieces onto the fabric.