Button, Space Shuttle, STS-93, "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 is memorabilia from STS-93, the Space Shuttle's 95th launch of the Space Shuttle and the the 26th launch of the orbiter Columbia. Notably, Eileen Collins became the first female shuttle Commander on this flight. Its primary payload was the Chandra X-ray Observatory.

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

A20120240000

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