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NASA Missions and the American Flag (Photos)

Orion

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The American flag decorates part of the Orion spacecraft crew module inside the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Facility at Kennedy Space Center.

Representing during Work

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On the left shoulder of astronaut Patrick G. Forrester's spacesuit, the United States flag is clear as he works with the Materials International Space Station Experiment (MISSE).

Teamwork

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Apollo 9 astronauts, from left, James A. McDivitt, David R. Scott and Russell L. Schweickart, pose with the American flag in front of the Apollo/Saturn V for the Apollo 8 launch.

Icons

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On a foggy February morning in 2014, a U.S. flag flies outside NASA's 525-foot-tall Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center.

Next Steps

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The U.S. flag flies behind Apollo 17 Mission Commander Eugene A. Cernan during the mission's second moonwalk on December 12, 1972.

Proud Moments

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On July 16, 1969, the American flag flew in the foreground as the giant Saturn V rocket launched the Apollo 11 mission. The rocket carried astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin into space for the first lunar landing mission.

Unique Perspectives

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In a rare image taken by Buzz Aldrin, the U.S. flag flies as commander Neil Armstrong works at the lunar module Eagle.

Joy Indescribable

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At Mission Control, NASA and Manned Spacecraft Center (MSC) officials join flight controllers celebrating the success of the Apollo 11 mission with American flags and cigars.

Steps into Space

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The United States flag plays a prominent role in this image of Expedition 35 Flight Engineer Chirs Cassidy during a spacewalk on May 11, 2013.

History Remembered

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The American flag patch from Neil Armstrong's Apollo 11 suit, as seen in April 2006 at the National Air and Space Museum's Garber Facility in Suitland, Md.

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