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Button, Official Guest, STS-7 Landing, Sally Ride

Object Details

Owner
Sally K. Ride
Summary
This STS-7 button, which designated the wearer as an "Official Guest," was owned by Dr. Sally K. Ride. STS-7 had originally been scheduled to land at Kennedy Space Center at the end of the mission in June 1983, but the landing was diverted to Edwards Air Force due to unfavorable weather.
Sally Ride became the first American woman in space when she flew aboard STS-7 in 1983. Her second and last space mission was STS-41G in 1984. A physicist with a Ph.D., she joined the astronaut corps in 1978 as a part of the first class of astronauts recruited specifically for the Space Shuttle Program. Viewed as a leader in the NASA community, she served on the Rogers Commission after the Challenger disaster in 1986 as well as the Columbia Accident Investigation Board (CAIB) in 2003. She also led the task force that produced a visionary strategic planning report in 1987 titled, “NASA Leadership and America’s Future in Space,” but known popularly as the Ride Report.
After she retired from NASA in 1987, Dr. Ride taught first at Stanford and later at the University of California, San Diego. Until her death in 2012, she was president and CEO of Sally Ride Science, a company that promoted science education.
Dr. Ride’s partner, Dr. Tam O’Shaughnessy, donated the button to the Museum in 2013.
Country of Origin
United States of America
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National Air and Space Museum Collection
Credit Line
Gift of Tam O'Shaughnessy
Data Source
National Air and Space Museum
Inventory Number
A20140225000
Type
MEMORABILIA-People
Restrictions & Rights
Usage conditions apply
Materials
Steel
Paper
Ink
Plastic
Dimensions
3-D: 0.5 × 7.6cm (3/16 × 3 in.)
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nv9716510fe-5b0b-4901-932c-4ec85cd176ca
Record ID
nasm_A20140225000

Button, Official Guest, STS-7 Landing, Sally Ride

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