On November 2nd, Kevin Eastman sent the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles into space. Or, rather, their greatest adversary. His original artwork depicting the character Shredder, made globally famous by the animated cartoon, was launched into space to reside on the International Space Station, thanks to Mountain View California aerospace company, Made In Space.
Their Braskem Recycler is designed to turn plastic waste and 3D printed objects into the type of feedstock that serves as the raw material for the Made in Space Additive Manufacturing Facility, already on the space station. A shredder is one of the features of this facility, and A certain someone involved, was a bit of a Turtles fan. And now a Kevin Eastman space-flight-approved, sharpie-on-metal illustration of Shredder has been attached to the structure of these devices.
Two of the illustrations will remain on the International Space Station and one will be returned to Kevin next year. Where he will no doubt auction it for a tonne.
A video detailing the equipment, launch and implementation can be viewed here.
Kevin was first approached by Michael Snyder, Made in Space chief engineer in early 2018. Snyder, who described himself as a huge fan of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, wrote that from the start of development of this system he had been referring to the equipment subsystem as the Oroku Saki – the real name of Shredder, the primary antagonist of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Kevin Eastman told Bleeding Cool, "First and foremost, I could not be prouder of the Made in Space Team, their creativity and ingenuity are truly inspiring to us all. To have one of my co-creations a small part of this project is an honour that leaves me humbled in every way."
I dunno, if I had some of my artwork out in space, I'd be crowbarring it into every conversation I could. I'd let other people be humble about it…