Patch, Mission, Shuttle, STS-8


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 STS-8 mission patch is memorabilia from the eighth Space Shuttle mission, the third for Challenger. It conducted the first night launch and night landing. The five-person crew included Commander Richard H. Truly, Pilot Daniel C. Brandenstein, as well as Mission Specialists Dale A. Gardner, Guion S. Bluford, Jr., and William E. Thornton. Notably, on this flight Bluford became the first American person of color to fly in space.

Michael O'Harro donated this patch to the Museum in 1993.

Collection Item Long Description:

Inventory Number


Credit Line

Gift Michael O'Harro

Country of Origin

United States of America


heat sealable film, plastic and polyester threads


2-D - Unframed (H x W): 10.5 × 10.1cm (4 1/8 × 4 in.)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

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


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