So when the Chinese make images of pandas and spaceships, it's propaganda, but what is it when Americans do it? That's easy: it's so cuuute I could just gobble them all up.
The kid's aunt just sent her this adorable panda silhouette t-shirt from San Francisco-based Glug Baby, and she looks, well, adorable in it.
There's a bit of 70's-inflected flair in a lot of Glug's designs, including a butterfly that looks like the logo of a company you used to drive by as a kid, and of course, there's that Big Wheel line drawing [sold out, I'm afraid]. Lots of goodlooking stuff.
You'd probably expect that, what with the wife working at NASA and all, I'd be jumping all over the space shuttle t-shirts. But just between you and me, the shuttle and its even-more-pointless friend, the international space station, are giant, military contractor-centric money pits whose scientific contributions amount to high school ant farm experiments and Russian golf club commercials.
Plus, the shuttle's cost overruns have decimated the budgets for basically all the other science-driven missions, like the satellite my wife is working on. So, yeah, we're not exactly Team Space Shuttle around here . Cute shirt, though.
 update; the opinions expressed on this website are entirely my own and were not produced in consultation with, nor with the awareness of, nor do they purport to represent the views of, any NASA scientists who may happen to be living with me.