I was at the CMOST museum in upstate NY last week, and they have an astronaut boot on display- lots of quilted fabric.
Your experience would make an awesome TED Talk!
Might I suggest posting this on the Main site? Many folks don't read the Blogs. Actually 2/13 was the first time I'd wandered in.
That's really a fascinating topic! Contact some of the major quilt shows around the country- AQS, Vermont Quilt Festival, etc. How about Alex Anderson and Ricky Timms? Article in a quilt magazine or 2 would certainly jump start your exposure. Please do pursue this! Also- I bet kids would be as fascinated as adults. How about a children's book about Sewing the Space Shuttle Quilts?