This uniform in the center of this image belonged to one of the unsung heroes of the Space Shuttle Program – Travis Thompson, former Closeout Crew Lead.

The closeout crew was responsible for assisting the astronauts to strap into the shuttle’s crew module and take care of any other last-minute needs that arose. Ultimately, they close and seal the crew access hatch and leave the astronauts behind before they launch into space.

On July 9, 2021, Thompson, who served for nearly 100 missions, and Deputy Administrator and former shuttle commander Pamela Melroy met to view his uniform at its exhibit in the National Air and Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA. Melroy presented him with a plaque for the occasion and surprised him by showing him she had kept the gift he gave to her many years ago. It was an emotional moment that celebrated not just the heroes who venture out into space but also the heroes who make sure they get there safely and come back home to us.

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Image Credit: NASA/Taylor Mickal


这张照片中心的制服属于航天飞机项目的一位无名英雄——特拉维斯·汤普森,前收尾人员负责人。

收尾工作人员负责协助宇航员进入航天飞机的乘员舱并处理任何其他临时需要。最终,他们关闭并密封机组人员舱门,并在宇航员升空前将其留在身后。

2021年7月9日,曾执行过近100次任务的汤普森和副局长兼前航天飞机指挥官帕梅拉·梅尔罗伊在弗吉尼亚州尚蒂伊的国家航空航天博物馆史蒂文·F·乌德瓦·哈兹中心参观了他的制服,弗吉尼亚州的梅尔罗伊为他颁发了一块牌匾,并向他展示了她保存的他多年前送给她的礼物,使他感到惊讶。这是一个激动人心的时刻,不仅庆祝了冒险进入太空的英雄们,也庆祝了确保他们安全抵达并回到我们身边的英雄们。

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图片来源:NASA/Taylor Mickal

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