Shuttle Blankets and Space Burials

Sending your remains skyward, and a space repair reminscent of Apollo 13...
08 October 2023
Presented by Richard Hollingham, Sue Nelson


NASA's torn blanket


A Shuttle emergency you may never have heard of, sending your DNA into space, and a scientist who gets to study the newly-returned sample from asteroid Bennu. Sue Nelson and Richard Hollingham meet Natural History Museum's meteorites curator, Natasha Vasiliki Almeida, and talk to the founder of Celestis, Charles Chafer, about how you can send your remains into space. Plus Sue chats to "sew sister" Jean Wright about sewing the blankets for the Space Shuttle, and a space repair reminiscent of Apollo 13. Jean's book, Sew Sister, is out now.

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