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Thousands of American flags were carried into space by Space Shuttle Endeavour and its seven-member crew in December 2001. The flags are now being distributed to victims' families and survivors of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

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NASA Johnson Space Center Cooperative Education Students Monique Wilburn of Pennsylvania State University, Angela Long of Purdue University, Nishita Patel of the University of Michigan and Kim Murray of Pennsylvania State University prepare the commemorative packages for NASA's "Flags for Heroes and Families" program.

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NASA Johnson Space Center Cooperative Education Students Tiffany Meadows of Texas A&M; University and Alisa Hawkins of Georgia Institute of Technology seal envelopes for NASA's "Flags for Heroes and Families" program.

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NASA Johnson Space Center Cooperative Education Students work together to assemble the packages sent to New York as a part of NASA's "Flags for Heroes and Families" program.

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NASA Johnson Space Center Cooperative Education Students Paul Brower of Purdue University, David Galvan of the University of California, San Diego and Trisha Olson of New Mexico State University and Student Programs Specialist Sharon Evans place a personal letter from NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe, along with a commemorative flag, in packages sent to New York for NASA's "Flags for Heroes and Families" program.

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NASA Johnson Space Center Cooperative Education Students Curtis Farnham and Annie Powers assist with preparation of 3,000 commemorative American flags to be given to the survivors and families of September 11 as part of NASA's "Flags for Heroes and Families" program.

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NASA Johnson Space Center Cooperative Education Students assemble packages to be sent to the families and heroes of September 11 as a part of NASA's "Flags for Heroes and Families" program.

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NASA Johnson Space Center Cooperative Education Students work diligently to prepare the commemorative items for NASA's "Flags for Heroes and Families" program.

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NASA Johnson Space Center Cooperative Education Students Annie Powers of University of California, San Diego and Kendra Ceule of Kansas State University work jointly to help prepare the 3,000 commemorative American flags flown in December 2001 on Endeavour in memory of the events of September 11th.

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NASA Johnson Space Center Cooperative Education Students and Johnson Space Center Cooperative Education Program Manager Bob Musgrove prepare the commemorative packages for NASA's "Flags for Heroes and Families" program.

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NASA Johnson Space Center Cooperative Education Students Julie Burt of Louisiana State University and Tiffany Meadows of Texas A&M interview Paul Brower of Purdue University for his perspective on being able to participate in NASA's "Flags for Heroes and Families" event honoring the heroes, survivors and families of September 11.