National Air and Space Museum 2015 Annual Report


Sally Ride's Telescope, Sally K. Ride Collection
This telescope is part of the Sally Ride collection acquired in 2015. It was given to her when she was a child, reflecting her early interest in science.


  • Sally K. Ride Collection of papers and almost 200 personal objects. Ride was an astronaut from 1978 to 1987 and was the first American woman in space.
  • Neil Armstrong collection of personal items and memorabilia, including a temporary stowage bag containing items from the lunar module, Eagle. More information is available in this blog post.
  • Spacesuit and related gear from the 2014 record-breaking high altitude jump from a balloon by Alan Eustace.
  • The Marie Curie Mars rover, a backup for the 1997 Mars Sojourner rover. The Marie Curie is now on display in the Exploring the Planets gallery in the Museum in Washington, DC.

In addition to the Arthur C. Clarke Collection spotlighted earlier in this section, the Museum's Archives acquired the following notable items:

  • More than 2.5 cubic feet of materials relating to the research of Alfred Koestler, a psychologist who evaluated behavioral performance in chimpanzees in aerospace and related hazardous environments in support of Projects Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo
  • Scrapbook documenting the Fairchild Space and Defense System (FSDS) Lunar Mapping Camera, and the role of Albert G. Hutchins, program director of the FSDS's Lunar Mapping Camera Systems who worked there from 1957 to 1975
  • A photo album documenting the years from 1917 to 1920 when Anas Tommy Economy was stationed at Love Field, Texas with the 868th Aero Squadron at the Aviation Repair Depot
  • An original draft manuscript for "Hump Drivers," written by Arthur La Vove around 1946, plus photocopies of some of La Vove’s military records, copies of four photographs of La Vove taken in the 1930s and 1940s. La Vove served in the China-Burma-India Theater during World War II.