Collection Item Summary:
Among the items issued to astronauts are velcro-backed leather name tags that can be attached to flight suits and jackets. Dr. Peggy Whitson, a biochemist, wore this name tag on Space Shuttle flights and on one or both of her missions on the International Space Station: Expedition 5 (2002) and Expedition 16 (2007-2008). She was the first American woman to command a space station expedition, and she held world records among all U.S. astronauts for cumulative time in space (376 days) and most spacewalks (6) by a woman. This gold wings insignia denotes an astronaut who is not a pilot. NASA transferred a number of astronaut name tags to the Museum over the years, including this one in 2012.