NASM Receives Suits used on MIR

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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.


  • 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)


Chronology of Smithsonian History


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

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


December 1996


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

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