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October 1, 2015

Space Suit

Filed under: Item of the Day — Jason Onerheim @ 12:01 am

A space suit jacket worn by astronaut George ‘Pinky’ Nelson between 1983 and 1988. Nelson, of Willmar, Minnesota, was a veteran of three space flights, serving aboard STS-41-C (Challenger), STS-61C (Columbia) and STS-26 (Discovery). He wore this suit aboard STS-26 Discovery in September, 1988, which was the first mission flown after the Challenger disaster in January, 1986. The jacket features velcro patches including “NASA”, a United States flag, a name tag that reads “G. NELSON”, and a mission logo that includes the names of the astronauts aboard STS-26: “LOUNGE HILLMERS NELSON / HAUCK COVEY”. The jacket has an interior label with the text “CONTRACT NO NASA-16589 / ILC SPACE SYSTEMS”.

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