Human Rights Plaque Flies on Endeavour

Human Rights Plaque Flies on Endeavour
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From the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, I'm George Diller.

A pair of plaques engraved with a landmark document on human rights will be taken to the International Space Station during space shuttle Endeavour's STS-126 mission.

The plaques celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which the United Nations adopted in 1948.

The European-built Columbus laboratory on the International Space Station will permanently host the plaques.

Orbiting above Earth, the plaques will symbolize the worldwide reach for the effort to secure liberty and respect for all people.

Astronauts routinely carry celebratory items into orbit to commemorate milestones reached on Earth.

They will also take some personal mementoes to mark their own walks though life.

Endeavour Pilot Eric Boe, for instance, is taking with him a coin from the Carl Spaatz award he earned as a Civil Air Patrol cadet. Only a fraction of cadets earn the prestigious recognition.

While the plaques will remain aboard the space station, many of the other items will return to Earth with Endeavour. They are traditionally passed out to host organizations or V.I.Ps after the mission.

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