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NASA Space Shuttle Endeavour (OV-105) Embroidered Flag Patch
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 Space Shuttle Endeavour (OV-105)Embroidered Flag Patch

The patch represents the red, white and blue, stars and stripes motif of the United States of America. The flag patch celebrates the Space Shuttle Endeavour (OV-105)

The fully embroidered patch measures approx 100 mm x 50 mm (4" x 2") 

Endeavour was NASA's fifth and final space shuttle orbiter to join the fleet at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Endeavour also is known inside the space agency by its designation Orbiter Vehicle-105, or OV-105.

Endeavour was the second space shuttle to be retired from NASA's fleet in 2011.

The spacecraft will be transported to the California Science Center in Los Angeles in 2012 to be put on permanent public display.

Construction of Endeavour began on Sept. 28, 1987, and it rolled out of the assembly plant in Palmdale, Calif., on April 1991.

For the first time, a national competition involving students in elementary and secondary schools produced the name of the new orbiter.

After receiving 6,154 entries, representing more than 70,000 students, NASA chose Endeavour and it was announced by President George Bush in 1989. The name comes from a ship chartered to traverse the South Pacific in 1768 and captained by 18th century British explorer James Cook, an experienced seaman, navigator and astronomer.

Endeavour first launched May 7, 1992, on the STS-49 mission to capture the INTELSAT VI communications satellite and re-release it into a geosynchronous orbit.

In 1993, Endeavour embarked on STS-61, the first servicing mission to NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.

KEY ENDEAVOUR MISSIONS

STS-49 – Maiden Flight; Capture and redeploy Intelsat VI

STS-47 – Spacelab mission J

STS-54 – Deploy TDRS-F

STS-57 – Retrieve European Retrievable Carrier

STS-61 – First Hubble Space Telescope servicing mission

STS-72 – Retrieve Japanese Space Flyer Unit

STS-89 – Rendezvous with Mir space station

STS-88 – International Space Station assembly mission, which assembled the Unity module, the first U.S. component of the station

STS-100 – International Space Station assembly mission, which delivered the Canadarm2 robotic arm and hand

STS-123 – International Space Station assembly mission, which delivered the first element of Japan's Kibo module along with the Canadian Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator robotic arm (Dextre)

STS-134 - Final Mission

THE NUMBERS

Total miles traveled: 122,883,151Total time in space: 299 days

Total orbits: 4,671

Total flights: 25

Total crew: 1,173

Mir dockings: 1

International Space Station visits: 12