This soft, vintage-feel t-shirt comes pre-washed and pre-shrunk, making sure that your size and color will hold up with time. Ringspun yarn makes Creative Action tees feel lighter than other regular cotton t-shirts, and softer and more durable too. Our men's shirts are Bella + Canvas 3001 and Bella + Canvas 3413C (Triblend), and our women's shirts are Anvil 880 and Bella + Canvas 6004. Our youth shirts are Anvil 990B. T-shirts are printed in Los Angeles, CA. International orders may be subject to customs, duties and taxes. Note: Our apparel generally runs small so we encourage you to order one size larger than you normally would.
This "space mission patch" isn't for specific mission, but for the "WEST AREA COMPUTING UNIT" celebrating the women of colour working as computers (the original, human kind) calculating orbits etc for the engineers at NASA's predecessor NACA at Langley Research Center in the 40's and 50's. Later on they were finally merged with other units. They were portrayed in Margot Lee Shatterly's excellent novelised documentary book HIDDEN FIGURES, that was then excellently adapted into a film. One of the members was Mathematician Katherine Johnson, who provided the trajectory analysis for astronaut John Glenn's Mercury orbital spaceflight (a first for the USA). Even though that flight took place after the West Area Computers' time, their work led to this and other rocket launches, and they continued in other positions at NACA and NASA. The exhaust smoke from the rocket is made up of actual equations copied from Johnson's and T. H. Skopinski's technical report 'Determination of Azimuth Angle at Burnout for Placing a Satellite Over a Selected Earth Position' that was used to calculate the trajectory of Glenn's Mercury capsule. The rocket in the image is the Atlas LV-3B carrying the Mercury capsule namned Friendship 7. February is black history month, and John Glenn flew on the Mercury 20 February 1962. - Katarina Eriksson
Katarina Eriksson is a Swedish graphic designer and architect with a long-time interest in space and science. She runs her own design company out of Lund, Sweden and works with the world.