Country of Origin: United States
2-D - Unframed (H x W) (Ribbon): 10.2 x 3.5cm (4 in. x 1 3/8 in.)
2-D - Unframed (H x W) (Button): 4.4cm (1 3/4 in. dia.)
Metal straight pin button with fabric ribbon
This pin celebrated the May 5, 1961 suborbital flight of Alan Shepard, the first American astronaut in space. Shepard's 15-minute 22-second flight aboard a Mercury-Redstone marked the first successful human spaceflight for NASA's Project Mercury. Timothy Connelly donated this pin and ribbon collected by his father, an avid button collector, to the National Collection in 2005.
Gift of Timothy Connelly