Trousers, In-Flight Suit, Guy Bluford, STS-8

Trousers, In-Flight Suit, Guy Bluford, STS-8

     

Astronaut Guion S. "Guy" Bluford, Jr. wore these clothes during the six-day Space Shuttle STS-8 mission aboard Challenger in August-September 1983, when he became the first African American in space. As a mission specialist in the five-member crew, Dr. Bluford participated in delivering a communications satellite into orbit, operating the Remote Manipulator System arm, and performing experiments. Early Shuttle astronauts wore a standard issue wardrobe of identical jackets, trousers, shirts, and other items. The zippered pockets and velcro strips were helpful for securing small items in weightlessness. NASA presented Dr. Bluford's in-flight suit to the Museum shortly after the STS-8 mission.

Transferred from NASA Johnson Space Center

Country of Origin
United States of America

Astronaut
Guion S. Bluford Jr.
Manufacturer
ILC Space Systems

Location
National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC
Exhibition
Moving Beyond Earth

Type
PERSONAL EQUIPMENT-Flight Clothing

Materials
brass, cotton canvas, elastic, flame retardant cotton blend, plastic, stainless steel, Velcro
Dimensions
Clothing: 110.5 x 45.7 x 3.8cm (43 1/2 x 18 x 1 1/2 in.)
Other (Waist): 90.2cm (35 1/2 in.)
Other (Inseam): 81.3cm (32 in.)
Other (Hem): 52.1cm (20 1/2 in.)
Clothing size: Medium/Large

Astronaut Guion S. "Guy" Bluford, Jr. wore these clothes during the six-day Space Shuttle STS-8 mission aboard Challenger in August-September 1983, when he became the first African American in space. As a mission specialist in the five-member crew, Dr. Bluford participated in delivering a communications satellite into orbit, operating the Remote Manipulator System arm, and performing experiments. Early Shuttle astronauts wore a standard issue wardrobe of identical jackets, trousers, shirts, and other items. The zippered pockets and velcro strips were helpful for securing small items in weightlessness. NASA presented Dr. Bluford's in-flight suit to the Museum shortly after the STS-8 mission.

Transferred from NASA Johnson Space Center

Country of Origin
United States of America

Astronaut
Guion S. Bluford Jr.
Manufacturer
ILC Space Systems

Location
National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC
Exhibition
Moving Beyond Earth

Type
PERSONAL EQUIPMENT-Flight Clothing

Materials
brass, cotton canvas, elastic, flame retardant cotton blend, plastic, stainless steel, Velcro
Dimensions
Clothing: 110.5 x 45.7 x 3.8cm (43 1/2 x 18 x 1 1/2 in.)
Other (Waist): 90.2cm (35 1/2 in.)
Other (Inseam): 81.3cm (32 in.)
Other (Hem): 52.1cm (20 1/2 in.)
Clothing size: Medium/Large

ID: A19840027002