License Plate, Florida, Challenger


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 Florida state license plate is one of the commemorative vehicle tags created in 1987 in memoriam of the Space Shuttle Challenger and STS-51L crew lost during liftoff on January 28, 1986. This design, which debuted on January 1, 1987, less than a year after the disaster, was the first specialty tag offered in the United States. The extra $25 fee charged for the specialty plate benefitted the Astronaut Memorial Foundation. Revenue from the effort helped to fund the Center for Space Education.

When Florida resident Richard Berg noticed during a visit to Washington, DC that the Museum did not have one of the specialty tags in the collection, he donated his personal license plate to the Museum in 1988.

Collection Item Long Description:

Inventory Number


Credit Line

Gift of Richard Steven Berg


Country of Origin

United States of America


Aluminum, reflective adhesive film, unidetified clear protective film


2-D - Unframed (H x W): 15.6 x 31cm (6 1/8 x 12 3/16 in.)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

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