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Earhart Scarf, Cycling Jersey to Fly on Atlantis
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Adventure and athletics are well-represented in the personal items the astronauts of STS-129 are taking with them into space.

I'm George Diller from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and this is What's Going Up.

Albert Bresnick was a personal photographer to star-crossed aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart, and now, astronaut Randy Bresnick is rekindling the family connection. He is carrying a scarf that belonged to the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.

A photo of Earhart will also ride inside space shuttle Atlantis during the flight to the International Space Station.

Astronauts are allowed to take a small number of items with them into orbit to commemorate their unique voyages. Things like flags, shirts and banners that can be folded are popular, as are small patches.

A cycling jersey from Lance Armstrong's LiveStrong Foundation is just one of several sports jerseys making the trip this time. A football jersey from astronaut Leland Melvin's alma mater of Heritage High School in Lynchburg, Virginia, and a basketball jersey from the NBA's Boston Celtics will also ride into space for the planned 11-day mission.

One of the more unusual items is a thumb drive from first-time shuttle flier Barry "Butch" Wilmore's alma mater Tennessee Technical University.

When the mission ends, the items will be returned to the astronauts who often distribute them to inspire future generations of adventurers.

From NASA's Kennedy Space Center, I'm George Diller.
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