Here at Mom’s Choice, our award-winning products span the entire globe. It’s always a lot of fun to see where they originate and where they’re taken! One of our products, though, is currently pushing the boundaries, and going where no toy has gone before… to outer space!
Celestial Buddies’ Earth plush toy was chosen by Elon Musk himself to be a super adorable “zero-g indicator” aboard SpaceX’s Crew Dragon, a vessel en route to the International Space Station. For some unknown reason, Musk, the CEO of SpaceX, decided to send the little guy along, joking in a tweet, “Super high tech zero-g indicator added just before launch!”, referring to the fact that Little Earth would start to float once it got into space.
When Crew Dragon arrived and the astronauts aboard the International Space Station unloaded the cargo, astronaut Anne McClain immediately took to the cute little earth-shaped plush. Can’t say we blame her- there’s a reason these little guys won our Gold award!
First order of business was introducing “Little Earth, or “Earthy”, to Mother Earth. What a shot!
Little Earth got to do everything an honorary astronaut would get to do. He ate special packaged meals…
and even enjoy some morning coffee with the crew! Not only that, but he was fitted for his own emergency mask.
In order to keep his nice round figure, Earth also takes part in Anne’s daily workouts. “Earth’s 3rd day started with getting the blood (plasma?) pumping!” She tweeted.
Apparently SpaceX had no idea that the astronauts intended to steal Earth and keep him with them for the rest of their mission. Lee Rosen, SpaceX’s Vice President of mission and launch operations told them, “Hey, we’re going to need Earthy back.”
Celestial Buddies is the brainchild of Creator Jessie, who for a long time was an apparel designer in the fashion world in New York City. Inspired by a documentary series on the Solar System, it quickly hit her that there didn’t seem to be a planetary product line that catered to a younger crowd. Thus, Sun, Moon, and Earth were created as the first in a line of Buddies!
The sudden surge in orders took Celestial Buddies by surprise, as they were given no warning on SpaceX’s decision to launch Little Earth to the Space Station. While Earth is currently backordered, there are many other options to choose from, including the Mom’s Choice Award-winning Our Precious Planet!
It’s always exciting when products in the Mom’s Choice family get taken on an unexpected adventure. It looks like he is great company for our hard-working astronauts. We are proud of Celestial Buddies, Little Earth, and his bravery out in space!
Rachel is a wife and mother living in Raleigh, North Carolina. She’s a fan of good coffee, wearer of gray t-shirts, and is constantly starting books she will never finish. Her family is her joy, and she loves to engage with other moms and dads on matters of parenting. Her blog posts have also been featured on the Today Show Parenting Blog and Scary Mommy.