Astronaut Richard H. Truly wore this in-flight suit as commander of the six-day STS-8 mission aboard Space Shuttle Challenger in August 1983. Except during launch and reentry, Shuttle astronauts wear ordinary clothing as they live and work inside the orbiter. NASA issues identical blue cotton-blend jackets, trousers, and shorts for their in-flight wardrobe. Crews of the earliest Shuttle missions wore standard dark-blue shirts with their own mission emblem sewn on the front; later crews wore shirts of various colors and designs.
STS-8 was the first Shuttle mission to launch and land at night. It was Truly's second mission; he had previously flown as pilot on Columbia for the STS-2 mission in 1981. NASA transferred Truly's garments to the Museum soon after the STS-8 mission.
Transferred from NASA, Johnson Space Center