The Space Shuttle Endeavour headed into space yesterday as part of the STS-127 mission. On board was the National 4-H flag.
The Endeavour is delivering the final components of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Kibo laboratory to the International Space Station. The 16-day mission included five spacewalks and the installation of two new space station components and equipment.
Liftoff of space shuttle Endeavour from Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Photo credit: NASA/Jeffrey Marino
Azeem Ahmed, 17, who is an avid space enthusiast and 4-H member from Alabama and President of the Alabama 4-H Council, made the original request to NASA to have the flag flown with a future space shuttle mission.
"4-H is more than green and white - it is a collage," Ahmed said in a news release. "It is agriculture and it's also healthy living, leadership and citizenship and science, engineering and technology. Science, engineering and technology is one of the missions of 4-H, and by flying a 4-H flag into space, I hope we shine a new light on 4-H."
The flag was originally scheduled to head into space earlier this year, but was delayed a record five times before finally lifting off this week.
4-H promotes positive youth development, facilitates learning and engages youth in the work of the land-grant universities and USDA to enhance their quality of life. Nearly 7 million youth, ages 5-19, participate in 4-H youth development experiences in all 50 states, territories and military installations worldwide.
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