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Zarya
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posted 07-09-2013 09:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Zarya     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In STS-78 pre-flight and post-flight photos, Susan Helms is seen wearing what appears to be a second nametag on the right sleeve of her Shuttle Launch/Entry Suit (see KSC-96EC-0819 and KSC-96EC-0885). I have seen other images of it in the STS-78 walkout videos. However, I have not found a clear image of the tag.

Does anyone know the significance of this tag? Are there any good images of the tag that clearly show its content? Thank you.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 07-10-2013 08:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just a SWAG, but it looks to be a leather ID tag, which I would assume also has her name. Could be her ID nameplate for her Air Force jacket; maybe she wanted to take it into space and didn't have room in her PPK or the OFK?

hoorenz
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posted 07-10-2013 11:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for hoorenz   Click Here to Email hoorenz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
To give some context: up to STS-76, the crews used to wear the NASA worm in this spot. It had been discontinued on the ACES after that, leaving an empty velcro patch on the suit. It took a couple of flights before it became common practise to wear the class patch on this shoulder.

p51
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posted 07-10-2013 07:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Definitely looks like the older leather nameplate, I can see the wings on each side. Makes sense to place it there if you have an extra one...

Zarya
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posted 07-13-2013 04:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Zarya     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks to each of you for your responses. The mystery seems to be solved. Anyone have a good photo of the nametag?

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