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Patch, Mission, STS-7, Challenger, Sally Ride

Object Details

Owner
Sally K. Ride
Summary
This STS-7 patch was owned by Dr. Sally K. Ride. STS-7 was Ride's first space shuttle mission, making her the first American woman in space. The patch's design incorporates the shuttle's large robotic "arm" bent in the shape of a seven, signifying the mission number. The starburst below the shuttle uses gender symbols, four male and one female, to create a five-pointed star representing the crew members. The first photograph of a shuttle in orbit was taken during STS-7, and Ride, along with another crew member specially trained to operate the robotic arm, arranged for the arm to be seen in the photograph in the shape of a seven, as it appeared on the patch.
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 patch to the Museum in 2013.
Country of Origin
United States of America
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Credit Line
Gift of Tam O'Shaughnessy
Data Source
National Air and Space Museum
Inventory Number
A20140294000
Type
MEMORABILIA-Events
Restrictions & Rights
Usage conditions apply
Materials
Synthetic Fabric
Embroidery Thread
Probable Heat Seal Backing
Dimensions
3-D: 0.3 × 10.2cm (1/8 × 4 in.)
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nv9a909cc16-c7c6-4b8a-848f-ec1699373fb7
Record ID
nasm_A20140294000

Patch, Mission, STS-7, Challenger, Sally Ride

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