Socks, Slipper, Shuttle

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    Socks, Slipper, Shuttle

    Tan wool socks stitched to brown leather soles.

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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.

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.