Button, Challenger, STS-51L


Display Status:

This object is on display in the Moving Beyond Earth exhibition at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.

Collection Item Summary:

This commemorative button was created in memoriam of the STS-51L crew of the Space Shuttle orbiter Challenger, which was lost during launch on January 28, 1986. Although the button does not state that it was memorial, the inclusion of the quote about bravery -- and listing a launch date without a landing date -- suggests that it was created after the launch, which was postponed several times, changing the launch date. Buttons like this allowed the public to express their mourning for the very public deaths of the crew.

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum

Credit Line

Found in collection. Donor unknown at this time. Found on NASM premises.


Zinc plated steel, plastic film, paper


2-D - Unframed (H x W): 8.9cm (3 1/2 in. dia.)

Country of Origin

United States of America


MEMORABILIA-Popular Culture

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