Jacket, In-Flight Suit, Shuttle, Sally Ride, STS-7


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:

Astronaut Sally K. Ride wore these clothes during the six-day STS-7 Space Shuttle mission aboard Challenger in June 1983, when she became the first U.S. woman in space. As a mission specialist in the first five-member Shuttle crew, she operated a variety of orbiter systems and experiment payloads. She participated in the launch of two commercial communications satellites and also operated the remote manipulator system arm to maneuver, release, and retrieve a free-flying satellite. The early Shuttle mission astronauts had a NASA-issued wardrobe of identical blue cotton-blend jackets, trousers, shorts and knit shirts with attached NASA logo and mission patches.

Dr. Ride presented her in-flight suit to the Museum in a ceremony shortly after the STS-7 mission.

Collection Item Long Description:

Inventory Number


Credit Line

Transferred from National Aeronautics and Space Administration



Country of Origin

United States of America


Fire-retardant cotton based material, synthetic fabric, Velcro, brass, plastic, stainless steel, elastic


  • Clothing (Laid Flat): 67.3 x 55.9 x 8.9cm (26 1/2 x 22 x 3 1/2 in.)
  • Clothing Size: XS-XS

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

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