[sarex] A Piece of the Past Hitches a Ride on Next Space Shuttle Mission
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Tue Jun 5 12:36:50 PDT 2007
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> June 5, 2007
> Allard Beutel
> Headquarters, Washington
> Kathy Barnstorff
> Langley Research Center, Hampton, Va.
> Kevin Crossett
> Jamestown 2007, Jamestown, Va.
> Elizabeth S. Kostelny
> Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities, Richmond, Va.
> 804-648-1889, ext. 306
> A PIECE OF THE PAST HITCHES A RIDE ON NEXT SPACE SHUTTLE MISSION
> HAMPTON, Va. -- A small piece of early American history will become
> the latest space traveler with the liftoff of NASA's space shuttle
> Atlantis. Atlantis is scheduled to launch Friday, June 8 at 7:38 p.m.
> EDT for the STS-117 mission to the International Space Station.
> A nearly 400-year-old metal cargo tag bearing the words "Yames Towne"
> and some commemorative mementoes are packed in Atlantis' middeck
> floor cargo space for the roundtrip flight to the International Space
> Station. Their hitchhike through the galaxy honors this year's 400th
> anniversary of Jamestown, Va., the first permanent English settlement
> in North America.
> "We found the tag at the bottom of a well during a dig at the James
> Fort," said William M. Kelso, director of archaeology at Historic
> Jamestowne for the Association for the Preservation of Virginia
> Antiquities. "It appears to be a discarded shipping tag from a crate
> or trunk that arrived from England around 1611. The artifact clearly
> marks Jamestown as a destination - our nation's first address."
> NASA has teamed with Jamestown 2007 to promote the spirit of
> exploration then, now and in the future. The artifacts'
> out-of-this-world trip is just one of a number of events held during
> the last 18 months that have commemorated the nation's pioneering
> When the one-inch in diameter artifact lands back on Earth, it will
> have logged more than four million miles spanning four centuries. It
> will have traveled from England to Jamestown, then to and from the
> space station. Two sets of Jamestown commemorative coins, authorized
> by Congress and issued by the U.S. Mint, also are on Atlantis.
> The cargo tag and coin sets honoring Jamestown were handed over to
> NASA's Lesa Roe, director of the Langley Research Center in Hampton,
> Va., before they made their way aboard the shuttle. "NASA's proud to
> be entrusted with this piece of exploration history and to extend
> America's great sense of adventure, exploration and heritage into the
> future of space," she said when accepting the priceless artifact.
> A $5 gold piece and a silver dollar, both of which depict Jamestown
> symbols, make up each commemorative coin set. When returned from
> space, NASA will present one set to Virginia Governor Tim Kaine for
> display at Jamestown Settlement, a 17th century living history
> museum. The second set will be displayed at the National Park
> Service's Historic Jamestowne Visitor Center.
> NASA will return the shipping tag to Historic Jamestowne where it will
> join hundreds of other artifacts in a new archaeological museum
> called the Archaearium. Since 1994, archaeologists at the Jamestown
> Rediscovery project have dug up more than a million items, including
> the long-lost remains of James Fort. For centuries, the fort was
> believed to have eroded into the James River.
> NASA's vision to return to the moon then venture to Mars and beyond
> continues the legacy of exploration and discovery begun 400 years ago
> by America's earliest explorers. To learn more about NASA's long-term
> exploration goals, visit:
> For more information about the commemoration of Jamestown's 400th
> anniversary, visit:
> For more information about Historic Jamestowne, visit:
> For more information about space shuttle Atlantis' mission to the
> space station, visit:
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