Memorabilia Tuesday: Space Flag

Flag flown during the Columbia Space Shuttle Mission STS-109

Yes, the post is a day late. When the main blogger is away from the desk for the day, the posts may not go out on time.

Text reads: Flown on STS-109 Columbia, March 1-12, by Dr. Jim Newman, Rice MA 1982, Ph.D 1984

Text reads: Flown on STS-109 Columbia, March 1-12, by Dr. Jim Newman, Rice MA 1982, Ph.D 1984

As is often the case, a friend of the Woodson found a great piece of history and dropped it by. This time it was Mary Lowery from the Welcome Center. What she brought to us is pretty special.

Astronaut Jim Newman in space, 1993

Astronaut Jim Newman in space, 1993

The flag above was flown on the STS-109 Columbia. During the mission that began March 1, 2002, the Columbia Space Shuttle serviced the Hubble Telescope. It was the Columbia’s last successful flight. Of the seven astronauts on board, three have either attended Rice, taught at Rice, and/or have children that have attended. One of these three, Dr. Jim Newman flew the Rice flag. As his photograph above attests, he is quite proud of his alma mater.

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