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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) - An eastern Iowa photographer is taking his out-of-this world talent -- and some unique props -- across the globe.

Tim Dodd of Cedar Falls is essentially living a childhood dream.

He's the proud owner of a Russian space suit, which is actually a Russian high-altitude flight suit.

He bought it a few years ago online, on a whim.

"I first opened it up I'm like I need to do something awesome with this," said Dodd. "This is suppose to be used for something really cool and I didn't have any plans for it. I just bought it completely on a whim."

So he decided to bring together his love of photography and space.

That's when the "Everyday Astronaut" photos were born.

"Everyday astronaut doing mundane everyday things -- as someone that was kind of wanting to be an astronaut, or is an astronaut but stuck here on Earth, (that) is kind of my projection of my inner childhood," said Dodd. 

The photos took the internet by storm.

The series even made it on CNN, HLN and on the website Reddit.

Now he's taking the project to Myanmar. He's been raising money for an orphanage there.

"I hope to play with the kids and have fun pictures of kids with an astronaut," Dodd said. "I think it should be a really cool experience and hopefully I'll just have fun stories to tell just based off that. Because those will be reactions and things that I don't think really have been done too often."

Dodd leaves Sunday and will be there for about two weeks. The money raised will be put towards building a roof, and provide food for the orphanage.

If you would like to follow Dodd's work, check out his Instagram account, "Everyday Astronant," and his website: http://timdoddphotography.com/blog/everyday-astronaut-series-1-a-day-in-the-life-of-everyday-astronaut
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