Coverall, Shuttle Launch-Entry (Crippen)

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Astronaut Robert L. Crippen wore this coverall on one of his four space shuttle missions. Shuttle astronauts wore ordinary clothing as they lived and worked inside the orbiter. NASA issued identical blue cotton-blend coveralls, jackets, trousers, and shorts for their in-flight wardrobe. Crews of the earliest shuttle missions wore standard dark-blue shirts with their own mission emblem sewn on the front; later crews wore shirts of various colors and designs. From late 1982 to 1986, crews wore the one-piece coverall for launch and entry; from 1988 until the shuttle program ended in 2011, crews wore orange pressure suits for launch and entry.
Crippen flew as pilot on STS-1(1981) and as commander on STS-7 (1983), STS-41C (1984), and STS-41G (1984). NASA transferred this suit to the Museum in 1996.
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Credit Line
Transferred from NASA, Johnson Space Center.
ILC Space Systems
Robert L. Crippen
Country of Origin
United States of America
Synthetic fabric, velcro, brass
Clothing: 149.9 x 61 x 2.5cm (59 x 24 x 1 in.)
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