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89/550 Framed scarf and certificate, made by Australian Wool Corporation, used by Margaret 'Rhea' Seddon, Australia, 1985. Click to enlarge.

Framed scarf with certificate from the Australian Women Pilots’ Association

Made by Australian Wool Corporation in Australia, Oceania, 1985.

This merino wool scarf was the first Australian made souvenir to be carried on the Space Shuttle. It was carried by Mission Specialist Astronaut Dr. Margeret Rhea Seddon (known as Rhea) on the United States Space Shuttle discovery (STS-51), April 12-19 1985, for the Australian Women Pilots Association (AWPA).

Before entering NASA Dr Seddon worked as an emergency room doctor in Tennessee. In 1978 she was selected as one of the first six women to enter the NASA Astronaut program, as part of Astro...

Summary

Object No.

89/550

Object Statement

Framed scarf and certificate, made by Australian Wool Corporation, used by Margaret 'Rhea' Seddon, Australia, 1985

Physical Description

Framed scarf and certificate of authenticity, Australian Women Pilots' Association, wool / plastic / glass, made by the Australian Wool Corporation, used by Margaret 'Rhea' Seddon, Australia, 1985

Light weight pure merino wool scarf and certificate of authenticity mounted in silver aluminium frame. The certificate at the top has a red border with black text and an image of a space shuttle. The scarf below, which also has a red border, is folded and sealed inside a red plastic bag with an AWPA (Australian Women Pilots Association) logo on the front. Both are mounted on a background of grey cardboard. The back of the frame is lined in brown canvas and has a thin wire hook hanging horizontally with six cream padded tags for stability.

Marks

The certificate reads, 'Juy 30, 1985 / CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY / STS 51-D / Sixteenth Flight of the Space Shuttle / This Merino wool scarf with insignia was flown aboard the United States Space / Shuttle, Discovery, April 12-19, 1985, for the Australian Women Pilots Association. / Launching from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, Discovery completed 109 / orbits, traveling 2.5 million miles before landing at Kennedy Space Center. / M.Rhea Seddon / Mission Specialist'. On the scarf appears 'A.W.P.A.'. On the back of the frame is a sticker with black text on a white background, 'PRINT BIN / QUALITY PRINTS & / FRAMES / RE-GLAZING / LAY-BYS / LONG & SHORT TERM / LEASING / ARTIST DISCOUNTS / 118 KING WILLIAM RD., / HYDE PARK / (08) 272 0881'.

Dimensions

Height

676 mm

Width

486 mm

Depth

25 mm

Production

Notes

The scarf was made by the Australian Wool Corporation in Australia in 1985.

This was the first Australian made souvenir to travel in space.

History

Notes

This merino wool scarf with insignia was flown aboard the United States Space Shuttle discovery, April 12-19 1985 for the Australian Women Pilots Association.

United States Astronaut Dr Rhea Seddon was the special guest at the 1983 Australian Women Pilots Association Conference at Airlee Beach, Queensland. During her training as an Astronaut, Rhea, an accomplished pilot, had to learn how to land the Space Shuttle discovery, as well as carry out her medical experiments. She offered to take a small momento of the Australian Women Pilots Association on her forthcoming mission into space.

Dr Seddon was born on November 8, 1947 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. She was a medical doctor by profession. Her shuttle career included being a NASA Group 8 astronaut, 1978, as well as a mission specialist on this one, STS 51-D. She married Group 8 astronaut Robert Gibson.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of the Australian Women Pilots' Association, 1989

Acquisition Date

27 June 1989

Cite this Object

Harvard

Framed scarf with certificate from the Australian Women Pilots' Association 2019, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 22 November 2019, <https://ma.as/97983>

Wikipedia

{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/97983 |title=Framed scarf with certificate from the Australian Women Pilots' Association |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=22 November 2019 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}

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