Washington, DC--NASA Administrator Dan Goldin has announced that the next mission of the Space Shuttle Endeavour will honor the victims and heroes of the September 11 terrorist attacks. On the STS-108 resupply and crew-exchange mission to the International Space Station, set to launch on November 29, astronauts will carry nearly 6,000 American flags into orbit. NASA's "Flags for Heroes and Families" project will present the flags, mounted on special memorial certificates, to survivors of the attacks and families of victims who were killed in New York, Pennsylvania, and at the Pentagon.
"America's space program has a long history of carrying items into space to commemorate historic events, acts of courage, and dramatic achievements," said Goldin. He added the program is a "fitting tribute to honor those affected by this American tragedy."
Goldin also presented New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani with an American flag flown into space previously, and noted plans to present flags to each city fire house and precinct station that has played a role in the World Trade Center rescue and recovery effort.
For more details on the STS-108 mission and the International Space Station, visit http://spaceflight.nasa.gov.