NASA missed September 11

NASA astronaut Jessica Mir photographed the New York City area from the International Space Station in March 2020. Credit: NASA

The September 11, 2001 attacks were a national tragedy, resulting in great loss of life and a significant change in American culture. Every year, we pause and never forget. Beyond remembering and honoring the Americans who died that day, NASA Later days also assisted FEMA in New York and remembered the victims by providing flags for their families aboard the Space Shuttle.

Washington DC ISS

From his vantage point aboard the International Space Station, the European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Peskett photographed the Washington DC area on April 11, 2017. The Pentagon can be seen at the center of the image. Sincerely: ESA / NASA

Astronaut Frank Kalbartsson – The Only American of the Planet

“Smoke felt a strange blossom at the base of the pillar in the south of the city. After reading one of the news articles we received, I believe we were seeing NY around that time, or shortly after, the collapse of the Second Tower. how horrible…” – Frank Culbertson

Expedition 3 Commander Frank Culbertson was aboard the International Space Station at the time of the attacks, and was the only American on the crew. As soon as he came to know of the attacks, he began documenting the incident in photographs as the station was flying over the New York City area. He took incredible pictures in the minutes and hours following the incident. From the point of his unique vantage in space, he recorded his thoughts of changing the world beneath him.

The next day, he posted a public letter revealing his initial views of the events, as he revealed. “The world has changed today. What I say or do is very minor compared to the importance of the time when our country was attacked. ”

Upon further reflection, Culbertson said, “It is terrible to see smoke coming out of wounds in our own country from the point of such spectacular vantage. Living on a spacecraft dedicated to improving life on Earth and living such a steadfast To see them being destroyed by intentions, such terrible acts are shocking the psyche, no matter who you are. ”

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NASA Science Programs Monitor The Air

NASA’s science programs were called into action after September 11, 2001, as the agency worked with FEMA to fly sensors over affected areas in search of airborne contaminants and used satellite resources to monitor from above.

Manhattan Smoke Plan 9/11

After two planes crashed into the towers of the World Trade Center, a smoke plume visible from space emanates from the Manhattan area. This photo was taken on the morning of September 11, 2001, in metropolitan New York City (and other parts of New York, as well). Credit: NASA

Flags for heroes and families

To honor the victims of terrorist attacks in New York, Washington, DC and Pennsylvania, NASA flew about 6,000 4 with 6-inch flags on the flight to Endeavor during STS-108. Students working at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas gathered commemorative packages, including American flags flown into space, to be presented to relatives of the victims. On June 14, 2002, National Flag Day, distribution began at a ceremony held at the American Museum of Natural History’s Rose Center for Earth and Space in New York.

NASA Administrator Dan Goldin said, “The flags for the ‘Heroes and Families’ campaign is a way for us to honor and honor the thousands of brave men and women who have contributed to the relief and recovery efforts of selfless spirit.” “American flags are a symbol of patriotism of our strength and solidarity, and our nation is determined to prevail.”

STS-108 astronaut

STS-108 astronauts Mark Kelly, left, and Dan Tani held the American flag of the shuttle Endeavor in December 2001. The flags were later presented to the relatives of the victims. Sincerely: NASA

“NASA wanted to come up with a fitting tribute to the people who lost their lives in the tragic events of September 11,” Goldin said. “America’s space program has a long history of moving objects into space to commemorate historical events, acts of courage and dramatic achievements. ‘Flag for Heroes and Families’ is a natural extension of this ongoing outreach project. ”

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Commemoration goes Mars

In September 2001, employees at Honeybee Robotics in lower Manhattan were building a pair of tools to cut and grind rocks on Mars, so that scientific instruments at NASA’s Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity could inspect the interiors of the rocks.

That month’s attack on the World Trade Center’s twin towers shook the lives of employees and millions of people in less than a mile.

World Trade Center American Flag

This view of an American flag on metal recovered from the site of the World Trade Center towers immediately after their destruction on September 11, 2001, was taken on September 11, 2011, the 10th anniversary of the attacks on the towers on Mars. Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech / Cornell University / Arizona State University

Rock friction equipment must be worked on to meet a tight schedule to allow thorough testing before launch dates governed by planetary motions. Those manufacturing the equipment could not afford much time to help with shelters or other methods to deal with the life-changing tragedy of September 11. However, he found a special way to pay tribute to the thousands of victims who died in the attack.

An aluminum cuff serving as a cable shield on each of the rock friction equipment on Mars was made from aluminum recovered from the destroyed World Trade Center towers. The metal bears the image of an American flag and serves a new purpose as part of the exploration of the solar system.

One day, both rovers will fall silent. In a cold, dry environment working on Mars, the onboard memorials for the victims of the September 11 attack can remain in good condition for millions of years.

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NASA Kennedy included Florida Touch in the September 11 flag

The contributions of NASA and the Kennedy Space Center were stitched into the fabric of one of the nation’s most recognizable symbols when flags from a Florida spaceport sewn into an American flag recovered near the ground zero after the attacks on September 11, 2001 had gone.

National 9/11 Flag Rocket Garden

The National 9/11 flag was raised above the Rocket Gardens at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex after Florida’s contribution. Sincerely: NASA / Kim Shifflett

“A few days after the collapse of the World Trade Center, the flag hung on a loft at 90 West Street, a building directly south of the World Trade Center, which was heavily damaged when the southern tower collapsed, “Said Jeff Pannes, Director, Founder and President of the” New York Foundation Thank You Foundation “.

This flag became one of the most enduring symbols to overcome the attack. Once completed, the “National 9/11 Flag” will be a permanent collection of the National September 11 Memorial Museum at the World Trade Center site. There, the flag of America can instill a sense of pride, unity and hunger to achieve greatness, just as the nation’s space program has for more than half a century.

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