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Slideshow: When Artifacts Become Astronauts

By History.com Staff
Crammed with essential equipment and supplies, the space shuttle offers little room for extra cargo. Still, throughout the program’s 30-year history, each astronaut has been allowed to bring small items with personal meaning, including family photos, tokens representing their alma maters and cherished toys. They have also carried numerous historically significant artifacts into space and back. From Amelia Earhart’s favorite scarf to a fragment of a 16th-century warship, explore some of the pieces of history that hitched a ride to the final frontier.

Categories: Space, Space Shuttle