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American Flag Panel Fragment

Location: Vehicle Assembly Building  
Comment: The stars on the flag are six feet across, the blue
field is the size of a regulation basketball court, and
the stripes are as wide as a standard road lane.

A one-inch wide by 3.5 inch long panel segment recovered from the damaged sides of the Vehicle Assembly Building. On Sep. 4, 2004, Hurricane Francis swept across Florida and the Kennedy Space Center, resulting in damage to the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) where the space shuttle (and Saturn V before it) is prepared for launch. Among the 850 panels blown off the world's largest one-story building, were painted segments that helped form the stripes on the American flag originally added in 1976 for the Bicentennial.

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