NASM Receives Suits used on MIR

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Summary

The National Air and Space Museum acquired two suits used by American astronauts on MIR space station. The spacesuit worn by Norm Thagard, and one designed to imitate the effects of gravity on the muscles and bones of cosmonauts during long spaceflights used my Shannon Lucid during her six-month say on MIR. The museum also acquired a set of Smithsonian 150th anniversary commemorative coins flwon on the Space Shuttle (STS-79) in 1996. THese were the first U.S. commemorative coins to be flown in space and were presented to the directors of both the National Air and Space Museum and the National Museum of American History.

Subject

  • Thagard, Norm
  • Lucid, Shannon 1943-
  • Mir (Space station)
  • National Museum of American History (U.S.) (NMAH)
  • National Air and Space Museum
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration)

Category

Chronology of Smithsonian History

Notes

Annals of the Smithsonian Institution, 1997. Washington, D.C.: National Collections Program, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 2000, pg. 21.

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu

Date

December 1996

Topic

  • Commemorative coins
  • Space shuttles
  • Space suits
  • Gifts
  • Astronautics
  • Space stations
  • Gravity
  • Astronauts

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