Collection Item Summary:
This satin jacket identified its wearer as from Lockheed Space Operations Company, a division of Lockheed that won the launch operations contract for the NASA Space Transportation System, better known at the space shuttle. Lockheed Space Operations Company was spun off of Lockheed Missiles and Space Company on January 1, 1984 when Lockheed won the Shuttle Processing Contract at the Kennedy Space Center and Vandenberg Air Force Base (which had been intended to serve as a second shuttle launch site). In 1994, the company became Lockheed Martin Space Operations after Lockheed Corporation merged with Martin Marietta.
This space-themed jacket was collected by Nancy Yasecko, a filmmaker who grew up in Florida near Cape Canaveral, and whose film "Growing Up with Rockets," released in 1985, is a personal memoir of growing up in the shadow of the United States' civil human spaceflight program. The jacket is part of a collection of artifacts that Yasecko donated to the Museum in 2012 along with a copy of the film, which is held by the Museum's film archives.