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Pinky's Spacesuit!

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | May 15, 2018

Today's item is the space suit 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.

See it along with photos from Pinky's journeys into space in Collections Online.