Air & Space Museum
“Suit up with Shay” Reading & Book Signing
Date: Saturday, Feb 25 | 10:30AM to 11:30AM
Venue: Air & Space Museum
Categories: Special Events
Join us at Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum in the Harrison Ford Theater for story time with Sharon McDougle.
Author Sharon Caples McDougle worked with the Space Shuttle program suiting up astronauts for launch for over 20 years. Now she’s suiting up for launch with Shay in her new Children’s Book! Kids of all ages will love learning about the spacesuit from her adorable book.
McDougle began her career in the Crew Escape Equipment (CEE) Department as a suit technician responsible for processing the orange launch and re-entry pressure suit assemblies worn by all NASA space shuttle astronauts. She was one of only two women CEE Suit Technicians and the only Black technician when she began her career. She made history when she suited up Dr. Mae Jemison for her historic flight aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour on September 12, 1992.
McDougle went on to become the first, and only female, and Black person, to become the Manager of the CEE Processing Department. Her team suited up the astronauts, tested the equipment, strapped the astronauts into the space shuttle before launch, and recovered the crew upon landing.