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Astronauts working aboard the Space Shuttle and International Space Station often wear slipper socks like these. Shoes are not necessary in weightlessness, but crewmembers enjoy the comfort and warmth of soft footwear. Many astronauts simply wear socks as they float around inside the spacecraft. The manufacturer gave these slipper socks to the Museum to use on mannequins depicting Shuttle-era astronauts. This pair is displayed with Sally Ride's in-flight suit.

Display Status This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.
Object Details
Country of Origin United States of America Type PERSONAL EQUIPMENT-Footwear Manufacturer Acorn Products Co., Inc. Dimensions Clothing: 26 x 11.4 x 26.7cm (10 1/4 in. x 4 1/2 in. x 10 1/2 in.)
Materials Leather, Wool blend (85% Wool, 13% Nylon, 2% Lycra spandex), foam
Inventory Number A19840188000 Credit Line Gift of Acorn Products Co., Inc. Data Source National Air and Space Museum Restrictions & Rights Usage conditions apply
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