Space Shuttle Challenger AFRSI from STS 41-G
Fragment of flown Advanced Flexible Reuseable Surface Insulation Blanket (AFRSI) from Space Shuttle Challenger Mission STS 41-G for the purpose of deploying the Earth Radiation Budget Satellite (ERBS). Launched October 5, 1984, and return landed October 13, 1984. STS 41-G was the 13th flight of NASA's Space Shuttle program and the sixth flight of Space Shuttle Challenger. It was the first shuttle mission to carry a crew of seven, including the first crew with two women (Sally Ride and Kathryn Sullivan), the first American EVA involving a woman (Sullivan), and the first Canadian astronaut (Marc Garneau). The pilot was Jon A. McBride of West Virginia.
Specimen owned is encased in acrylic with pertinent identifying information labeled on the display. Certificate of Authenticity provided with the specimen states that it is #40 of 200 acrylic blocks fabricated.