Scrunchie, Shuttle, Melroy, STS-92 and STS-112

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    Scrunchie, Shuttle, Melroy, STS-92 and STS-112

    (Flown) Navy blue knit scrunchie hair accessory worn by astronaut Pamela Melroy on STS-92 and STS-112 Space Shuttle missions in 2000 and 2002; with certificate of authenticity.

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    Scrunchie, Shuttle, Melroy, STS-92 and STS-112

    (Flown) Navy blue knit scrunchie hair accessory worn by astronaut Pamela Melroy on STS-92 and STS-112 Space Shuttle missions in 2000 and 2002; with certificate of authenticity.

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    Scrunchie, Shuttle, Melroy, STS-92 and STS-112

    (Flown) Navy blue knit scrunchie hair accessory worn by astronaut Pamela Melroy on STS-92 and STS-112 Space Shuttle missions in 2000 and 2002; with certificate of authenticity.

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This object is on display in the Moving Beyond Earth exhibition at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.

Col. Pamela Melroy gave this scrunchie to the Museum after she had used it as a Space Shuttle pilot astronaut on missions to the International Space Station in 2000 and 2002. A scrunchie - like clips, barettes, or rubber bands - keeps hair tidy and under control. According to NASA policy, while they are in space astronauts should confine long hair in a ponytail, braids, or other manner to keep it from floating free and becoming tangled in equipment or posing a nuisance. This guideline has affected only the women astronauts, as no male astronauts have had long hair. The scrunchie is thus an emblem of small but noticeable changes that occurred when women entered the workplace in space.

Pamela Melroy donated this hair accessory to the Museum in 2004.