Collection Item Summary:
Astronaut Sally K. Ride wore this name tag for 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. Astronauts chose the form of their names on the name tags worn on their jackets. On this occasion, she chose to wear her first name only.
Dr. Ride presented her in-flight suit and name tag to the Museum in a ceremony shortly after the STS-7 mission.