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June 14, 2002

Nicole Cloutier
Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas
(281) 483-6977

Release: J02-66

NOTE TO EDITORS: Students Lend a Hand for NASA’s “Flags for Heroes and Families”

Cooperative education students (co-ops) from around the country working at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston recently gathered to share their own pride and patriotism by preparing commemorative packages, including U.S. flags flown in space, to be presented to relatives of the victims of September 11.

As part of NASA's "Flags for Heroes and Families” program, nearly 6,000 small American flags, and one large American flag recovered from the World Trade Center, were flown on space shuttle Endeavour during the STS-108 mission in December 2001. During the mission, Endeavour traveled more than 4.8 million miles and delivered the Expedition Four crew to the International Space Station.

Surrounded by U.S. flags and mementoes of the space program, nearly 40 co-ops assembled the packages to be sent to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's office for distribution.

“This is our opportunity to show our support to the victims of September 11,” said Nick Skytland, a student from Valparaiso University. “I don't think comforting the victims of terrorism will ever grow old. I hope it helps them realize how much we still care.”

The “Flags for Heroes and Families” program will culminate in a Flag Day ceremony June 14. There, NASA Administrator Sean O’Keefe will return the American flag recovered from the World Trade Center to the city at New York's American Museum of Natural History's Rose Center for Earth and Space.

Images of the event are available at http://www.nasa.gov/centers/johnson/news/flags/index.html.Video of the event will be available at 5 p.m. CDT June 14 on NASA TV. NASA TV is available on GE-2, Transponder 9C, at 85 degrees West longitude, vertical polarization, with a frequency of 3880 MHz and audio of 6.8 MHz.

The JSC Cooperative Education Program provides students with practical experience, allowing students to apply the principles and theories learned in the classroom while earning wages comparable to what they will make upon graduation. The program benefits JSC by providing the Center with a source of future employees.

 

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