A stuffed toy dog gets to float around on the International Space Station as a sweet reminder of home. Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov posted a photo of the critter on Twitter Wednesday: Shkaplerov’s cousin made the small poodle, which features a classic poofy-legged haircut, and modeled it after the astronaut’s family dog. The cosmonaut’s daughter asked him to take it with him into space, but he didn’t just pack it away in his luggage. It had a job.
My collection of Zero-G Indicators in the Cupola module. A toy poodle at the moment with us. Olaf flew with me aboard Soyuz and the ISS during my second space flight (2014-2015). And a red Angry Bird from my first expedition (2011-2012). pic.twitter.com/6kGQesJFIb
— Anton Shkaplerov (@Anton_Astrey) January 10, 2018