Collection Item Summary:
This souvenir pendant celebrated the Space Shuttle STS-7 mission, which launched on June 18, 1983. The mission carried NASA astronauts Robert L. Crippen, John L. Fabian, Frederick H. Hauck, Sally K. Ride, and Norman Thagard. Among its notable accomplishments, this was the first Shuttle carrying a woman U.S. astronaut, Sally Ride. STS-7 also launched two international satellites, ANIK-B and Palapa-B1, for Canada and Indonesia, respectively, and this was the second flight of the Challenger Space Shuttle orbiter.
Space memorabilia bearing the image of the mission patch was often available to NASA employees, contractors, and the general public, especially around a launch. Wearing such memorabilia would demonstrate one's connection to the mission. Perhaps as a result of the presence of Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, this piece of memorabilia takes the form of a pendant to be worn as a necklace, rather than the usual lapel pin.
Michael O'Harro donated the pendant to the Museum in 1993.