The Unity spacesuit was unveiled on the International Space Station (ISS) yesterday and is part of the Spacesuit Art Project. The project according to the Canadian Space Agency is “an initiative to help raise awareness about the issues surrounding childhood cancer and the power of the arts in the clinical healing process.”
In this video ISS Expedition 52 Flight Engineers Peggy Whitson, Jack Fischer and Randy Bresnik of NASA discussed the latest UNITY space suit that arrived on the orbital laboratory aboard the SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft August 16 during an in-flight conversation with former astronaut Nicole Stott at Mission Control in Houston August 23.
In September 2016, an historic 14-day global art endeavor was mounted by Stott and the Space Suit Art Project team. As a result, the “UNITY” Space Suit was constructed from paintings by pediatric cancer patients and astronauts and cosmonauts from the five international space agencies that built the station.