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This STS-7 pendant was owned by Dr. Sally K. Ride. STS-7 was historic for making Ride the first American woman in space. The pendant's design incorporates the shuttle's large robotic "arm" bent in the shape of a seven, signifying the mission number. The starburst below the shuttle uses gender symbols, four male and one female, to create a five-pointed star representing the crew members. Having mission patch memorabilia available as necklace pendants in addition to lapel pins acknowledged the presence of (and interest by) women in the program.
Sally Ride became the first American woman in space when she flew aboard STS-7 in 1983. Her second and last space mission was STS-41G in 1984. A physicist with a Ph.D., she joined the astronaut corps in 1978 as a part of the first class of astronauts recruited specifically for the Space Shuttle Program. Viewed as a leader in the NASA community, she served on the Rogers Commission after the Challenger disaster in 1986 as well as the Columbia Accident Investigation Board (CAIB) in 2003. She also led the task force that produced a visionary strategic planning report in 1987 titled, “NASA Leadership and America’s Future in Space,” but known popularly as the Ride Report.
After she retired from NASA in 1987, Dr. Ride taught first at Stanford and later at the University of California, San Diego. Until her death in 2012, she was president and CEO of Sally Ride Science, a company that promoted science education.
Dr. Ride’s partner, Dr. Tam O’Shaughnessy, donated the pendant to the Museum in 2013.
This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.
Country of Origin
United States of America
3-D: 2.5 × 0.2cm (1 × 1/16 in.) Materials
Unknown Metal Plating Inventory Number
Gift of Tam O'Shaughnessy
National Air and Space Museum
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