NASA Missions and the American Flag (Photos)

For the Successful


Crewmembers of the STS-117 mission and John Space Center's director Michael L. Coats, at right, stand in front of large United States flag as they are welcomed home after their successful mission.

For the Brave


The first American Spacewalker, Ed White, set himself adrift in the microgravity of space. The U.S. flag patch shows clearly on his left shoulder.

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Christine Lunsford joined the team in 2010 as a freelance producer and later became a contributing writer, covering astrophotography images, astronomy photos and amazing space galleries and more. During her more than 10 years with, oversaw the site's monthly skywatching updates and produced overnight features and stories on the latest space discoveries. She enjoys learning about subjects of all kinds.