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Quirky gift ideas for little space travelers

Outfit your tiny astronaut with goods from the Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co.



GSTS has everything to stuff the stockings of future astronauts on your list.

PHOTO: JOSHUA HUSTON

Shopping local is fun, but it can get downright meaningful by stopping into the newly re-opened Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co. After March’s gas-line explosion in Greenwood, GSTS was on hiatus in person and online. We asked manager Sarah Gavin to share the best gifts for all the kids on our holiday lists.

Jumbo Glitter-Based Life Form: These extraterrestrial glitter-based life forms, successfully bred in captivity at GSTS, rocket up to 6 feet in the air when turned inside out and placed on a flat surface. Your favorite kid will love playing with the transparent, sparkly rubber domes, which also make excellent stocking stuffers.

Astronaut Ice Cream: Eat like a space explorer with Astronaut ice cream, created for NASA by the Whirlpool Corporation. The freeze-dried classic ice cream is as light as a cloud and long-lasting, perfect for a long space flight to the moon or one’s bedroom. 

Tycho Brahe’s Nose: Have a nose for astronomy? Celebrate 16th century Danish astronomer and nobleman Tycho Brahe’s nose with a replica of his famous prosthesis made of space-age plastic, paired with a pencil sharpener in the left nostril. After a sword duel between Brahe and his third cousin Manderup Parsberg resulted in the loss of the bridge of his nose, he had a prosthetic nose made of brass that he wore glued to his face for the rest of his life.

Night Sky Projection Kit: Plan missions to space and illuminate sleepovers with this night sky projector, which casts all major constellations visible from Earth onto the surfaces of any dark room. This elegant night light’s components include a cardboard globe, adhesives and a small but powerful projection lamp.

Photosensitive Field Notes: The special-edition “Snowblind” memo books’ faint cream lettering on pure white covers stand out even before you know they’re photosensitive, changing colors as you write in the sun. As a writing pad that reacts to a star, they may be the item that best exemplifies the store’s dual literary and astronomical mission.

8414 Greenwood Ave. N, Seattle, greenwoodspacetravelsupply.com

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