Trousers, In-Flight Suit, Shuttle, Sally Ride, STS-7

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    Trousers, In-Flight Suit, Shuttle, Sally Ride, STS-7

    Light blue trousers with zippered pockets on shins and velcro tab closures on thigh pockets; Velcro strips across legs for attaching pockets or keeping small objects handy.

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    Light blue trousers with zippered pockets on shins and velcro tab closures on thigh pockets; Velcro strips across legs for attaching pockets or keeping small objects handy.

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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.

Astronaut Sally K. Ride wore these clothes during the six-day STS-7 Space Shuttle mission aboard Challenger in June 1983, when she became the first U.S. woman in space. As a mission specialist in the first five-member Shuttle crew, she operated a variety of orbiter systems and experiment payloads. She participated in the launch of two commercial communications satellites and also operated the remote manipulator system arm to maneuver, release, and retrieve a free-flying satellite. The early Shuttle mission astronauts had a NASA-issued wardrobe of identical blue cotton-blend jackets, trousers, shorts and knit shirts.

Dr. Ride presented her in-flight suit to the Museum in a ceremony shortly after the STS-7 mission.