Astro Biz: LUNA Sandals

LUNA SandalsMany businesses, products, and places have names rooted in space and astronomy. We’re featuring one every Tuesday on Seattle Astronomy.

This week’s Astro Biz is LUNA Sandals in Seattle. LUNA makes “adventure sandals” in its shop near the Seattle Center. The name was inspired when company founder “Barefoot” Ted McDonald traveled to the Copper Canyons of Mexico to run a 50-mile ultra-marathon with the Tarahumara natives. While there, Ted became friends with a Tarahumara man named Manuel Luna, who made Ted his first pair of traditional tire “huarache” sandals.

Here’s an interesting video with Ted about LUNA:

We chose LUNA for this week’s Astro Biz because there are several moon anniversaries this week: William Lassell discovered Umbriel and Ariel, moons of Uranus, on October 24, 1851; Giovanni Cassini discovered Iapetus, a moon of Saturn, on October 25, 1671; and the Cassini spacecraft completed its first fly-by of Titan on October 26, 2004.

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