Button, Space Shuttle, "Launch Guest"

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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 "launch guest" button from the NASA Kennedy Space Center admitted its wearer to the launch of a specific Space Shuttle mission. Having different colors on the buttons, in this case red, allowed NASA officials to know that buttons were not being reused.

A launch guest button served multiple purposes. Wearing it identified the bearer as authorized to be present in certain viewing areas on the premises at NASA, on or near the official viewing stands. After the launch, the button became a souvenir.

Valerie Neal donated the button to the Museum in 2012.

Collection Item Long Description:

Inventory Number

A20120241000

Credit Line

Gift of Valerie Neal.

Country of Origin

United States of America

Materials

Zinc plated steel, plastic film, paper

Dimensions

3-D: 0.3 × 5.7cm (1/8 × 2 1/4 in.)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

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

Type

MEMORABILIA-Events