Country of Origin: United States of America
Overall: 1 ft. 4 in. wide x 1 ft. 3 in. deep (40.6 x 38.1cm)
fabric, metal, plastic
This is the flight suit for the toy teddy bear Magellan T. Bear. Magellan T. Bear became the first official teddy bear in space, flying as the "education specialist" aboard Space Shuttle Discovery on the STS-63 mission in February 1995. The bear's journey was part of an ambitious educational project to stimulate interest in geography, science, and social studies. Students and faculty of Elk Creek Elementary School in Pine, Colorado, worked with NASA and Spacehab to have the teddy bear certified for spaceflight. The school also arranged for the bear to fly around the world, visit the South Pole, fly on United Airlines' first Boeing 777 flight, and attend U.S. Space Camp. The bear wore an aviator's suit for these travels but wore an astronaut suit for spaceflight. Presented to the National Air and Space Museum in May 1998, Magellan T. Bear has been on display in the "How Things Fly" gallery.
Gift of Penny Wiedeke and Jerry Williams.