Mae Jemison's Space Suit Name Tag

A woman’s place: in outer space

Fifty-seven women were selected into the U.S. astronaut corps between 1978 and 2018. In 1992, engineer and physician Mae Jemison became the first African American woman to travel in space as a crewmember of the Endeavour in 1992. Five more African American women followed in her wake, as gender and race barriers to spaceflight had decisively fallen. After leaving NASA, Dr. Jemison continued her career in science and has been a champion for women and minorities in STEM.

Name Tag, Shuttle Astronaut (Jemison) (Flown)

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Mae C. Jemison
Among the items issued to astronauts are velcro-backed leather name tags that can be attached to flight suits and jackets. Dr. Mae Jemison, a physician and medical researcher, wore this name tag as a mission specialist when she became the first African American woman to enter space. Her only Space Shuttle flight was STS-47 (1992), a joint Spacelab mission for the United States and Japan. The gold wings insignia denotes an astronaut who is not a pilot. NASA transferred a number of astronaut name tags to the Museum over the years, including this one in 2012.
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United States of America
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Transfer from NASA
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National Air and Space Museum
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embossed leather, paint, Velcro
2-D - Unframed (H x W): 5.1 x 10.2cm (2 x 4 in.)
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