Country of Origin: Russian Federation
Overall: 3.18 x 2.22 x 0.64cm (1 1/4in. x 7/8in. x 1/4in.)
lacquer paint and gold colored ferrous metal
This Lenin lapel pin belonged to Space Shuttle astronaut David M. Brown. He flew on Shuttle mission STS-107 (2003) and died when Columbia disintegrated during reentry. Brown earned a medical degree, served in U.S. Navy, and became flight surgeon and naval aviator. He collected pins such as this during his career as an astronaut, which took him on frequent trips to Russia. After the shuttle mission ended in tragedy, his family gave this and other personal items to the Museum, which he had enjoyed visiting in his youth.
Gift of Paul D. and Dorothy R. Brown.