Almost lost: The flag that SpaceX astronauts will claim on ISS


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The American flag that flew on the first and last shuttle mission and was left on ISS for the next crew flown on an American spacecraft to claim apparently went missing during the decade since the last American shuttle flight, and took several weeks of searching in 2018 for astronauts to find it.

“We looked and looked and looked,” said Tingle. “I talked to my fellow astronauts that were on board the ISS and everybody had a little bit of a different memory on where it could be or where it might be. So we spent probably three or four weeks just kind of scouring in our spare time, trying to find it.”

They did find it, and now it awaits the arrival of the two-person crew of SpaceX’s Dragon capsule, Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, set to launch on May 27th, the first Americans to launch from American soil on an American rocket in an American spacecraft in almost a decade.

More important: This will be the first flight of any Americans on a private rocket and spacecraft, built and owned by a private commercial company instead of the government. For the capitalistic and free United States, it marks the end of a half century of a government-run Soviet-style space program and a return to capitalism and freedom.

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3 comments

  • LocalFluff

    I thought they had better order up there. That there only were a few boxes in which they are supposed to put a thing like a flag. Even if an astronaut put it among his/her private belongings, they only stay there for about 6 months.

  • Scott M.

    Not just the first flight of Americans, but the first flight of humans on a private rocket + spacecraft. Unless somehow the Soyuz to the ISS are not ‘officially’ government owned?

  • wayne

    historically tangential–

    Newseum
    NASA News Briefing on Restored Apollo 11 Moonwalk Video
    -> July 2009
    https://youtu.be/McyghW9rSIU
    57:17

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