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The STS-109 Official Flight Kit

March 2, 2002 — Question: What do a shark's tooth, a turbo engine shaft, an Italian restaurant's menu, and four small, stuffed school mascots have in common?

Answer: They are among the more than 3700 mememtos flown on request of the STS-109 crew and various NASA offices, hermetically sealed and stowed aboard Columbia as the contents of the Official Flight Kit (OFK).


The following is the manifest for the STS-109 OFK as provided by the NASA Johnson Space Center:

No.   Description   Sponsor/Purpose
 
1.   590 STS-109 Crew Patches   Agency Presentation
 
2.   300 Small United States Flags   Agency Presentation
 
3.   2 Sets U.S. States & Territories Flags   Agency Presentation
 
4.   3 Sets United Nations Members Flags   Agency Presentation
 
5.  
  1. 5 Small Russian Flags
  2. 5 Small Ukraine Flags
  3. 5 Small NASA Flags
  4. 25 Small Texas Flags
  5. 5 Large Texas Lapel Pins
  Agency Presentation
6.   1 Set of Small Russian Territorial Flags   Agency Presentation
 
7.  
  1. 5 Small Meatball Lapel Pins
  2. 5 Small Gold International Space Station Lapel Pins
  3. 5 Small Gold NASA Seals
  4. 1 Large Bronze NASA Seal
  5. 1 Large Pewter NASA Seal
  Agency Presentation
8.   35 Small Friendship Pins   Agency Presentation
 
9.   9 Small Flags of Illinois   Agency Presentation
 
10.   8 Small Flags of Texas   Agency Presentation
 
11.   10 Small Flags of Minnesota   Agency Presentation
 
12.   4 Small Flags of Colorado   Agency Presentation
 
13.   2 Small Flags of Alaska   Agency Presentation
 
14.   10 Small Flags of Ohio   Agency Presentation
 
15.   7 Small Flags of New Hampshire   Agency Presentation
 
16.   9 Small Flags of California   Agency Presentation
 
17.   2 Small Flags of Hawaii   Agency Presentation
 
18.   15 Small Flags of New York   Agency Presentation
 
19.   1 Small Flag of Vermont   Agency Presentation
 
20.   10 Small United States Navy Flags   Agency Presentation
 
21.   10 Small United States Air Force Flags   Agency Presentation
 
22.   20 Small United States Army Flags   Agency Presentation
 
23.   10 Small United States Marine Corps Flags   Agency Presentation
 
24.   10 Small United States Coast Guard Flags   Agency Presentation
 
25.  
  1. 10 Small United States Flags
  2. 10 Small Alabama State Flags
  Marshall Space Flight Center Presentation
26.  
  1. 2 Small United State Flags
  2. 50 Environmental Patches
  Kennedy Space Center Presentation
27.  
  1. 10 Small Louisiana State Flags
  2. 10 Small Mississippi State Flags
  3. 5 Small NASA Flags
  4. 5 Small United States Flags
  Stennis Space Center Presentation
28.  
  1. 100 Silver Snoopy Pins
  2. 300 Small Columbia Flags
  3. 100 Small ISS Flags
  NASA Space Flight Awareness Presentation
29.   10 STS-109 Embroidered Crew Patches   Boeing Awareness Presentation
 
30.  
  1. 10 STS-109 Embroidered STS-109 Crew Patches
  2. 10 Small United States Flags
  JSC USAF Presentation
31.   25 Small EVA Patches   JSC EVA Project Office Presentation
 
Items 32 through 110 are manifested at the request of the STS-109 crewmembers.
 
32.   School Photograph   Landolt Elementary, Friendswood, TX
 
33.   School Photobook   Starke Elementary, Pekin, IL
 
34.   1 Varsity Letter   Pekin Community High, Pekin, IL
 
35.   1 Illinois Pin   University of Illinois, Chicago, IL
 
36.   1 School Banner   Webster Intermediate, Webster, TX
 
37.   1 Team Banner   Chicago Cubs, Chicago, IL
 
38.   1 Team Flag   Baltimore Orioles, Baltimore, MD
 
39.   1 Institute Banner   Baker Institute, Houston, TX
 
40.   1 Menu   Anthony's Runway 84 Restaurant, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
 
41.   1 Association T-Shirt   Rockhold Racing, Pekin, IL
 
42.   1 Squadron Medallion   25th Fighter Squadron, Osan Air Base, South Korea
 
43.   1 ROTC Banner   Air Force ROTC Detachment 415, Minneapolis, MN
 
44.   1 Squadron Medallion   76th Space Control Squadron, Peterson AFB, CO
 
45.   1 Association Flag   American Motorcyclist Association, Pickerington, OH
 
46.   1 Troop Photograph   Boy Scout Troop 869, Houston, TX
 
47.   1 Club Banner   Desert Wheels Motorcycle Club, Edwards Air Force Base, CA
 
48.   1 Troop Photograph   Girl Scout Troop 1073, Houston, TX
 
49.   1 Team Pennant   Minnesota Twins, Minneapolis, MN
 
50.   1 University Banner   University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
 
51.   1 Team Patch   Minnesota Vikings, Minneapolis, MN
 
52.   1 University Flag   Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
 
53.   1 United States Flag   Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, Greeneville, SC
 
54.   1 United States Flag   Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, Houston, TX
 
55.   1 Small Stuffed Mascot   University of Houston, Houston, TX
 
56.   1 College Banner   Erskine College, Due West, SC
 
57.   1 University Flag   Ohio State University Army ROTC, Columbus, OH
 
58.   1 Texans Banner   Houston Texans, Houston, TX
 
59.   1 Stuffed Mascot   Virginia Technical College, Blacksburg, VA
 
60.   1 School Flag   Louis E. Dieruff High School AFJROTC, Allentown, PA
 
61.   1 United States Flag   Manipulator Development Facility, Houston, TX
 
62.   1 University Pennant   MIT Physics Department, Cambridge, MA
 
63.   1 Thesis Paper   University of Chicago Astronomy Department, Chicago, IL
 
64.   1 Book Cover   Hayden Planetarium, New York City, NY
 
65.   1 Aquarium Banner   Shedd Aquarium, Chicago, IL
 
66.   1 Fossil   Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, IL
 
67.   1 Association Flag   National Radio Astronomy Observatory, Socorro, NM
 
68.   1 NOVA T-Shirt   NOVA, Boston, MA
 
69.   1 Piece of Dome   Adler Planetarium, Chicago, IL
 
70.   1 Club Flag   Explorers Club, New York City, NY
 
71.   1 Club Flag   Cosmos Club, Washington, DC
 
72.   1 Association Banner   Advanced Concepts/Darpa, Washington, DC
 
73.   1 Foundation Banner   Surfrider Foundation, Liberty, TX
 
74.   1 University Hockey Jersey   University of New Hampshire, Durhman, NH
 
75.   1 Aquarium Banner   The Florida Aquarium, Tampa, FL
 
76.   1 Sanctuary Poster   Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, Channel Islands, CA
 
77.   1 New Hampshire State Flag   New Hampshire Veterinary Medical Association, Concord, NH
 
78.   1 Gold Foundation Ornament   Morris Animal Foundation, Denver, CO
 
79.   1 Shark's Tooth   North Carolina University College, College of Veterinary Medicine, Raleigh Durham
 
80.   1 Turbo Engine Shaft   Creare, Inc., Hanover, NH
 
81.   1 Small "Semper Unitas" Lapel Pin   Marsh & McClennan, New York, NY
 
82.   1 Stuffed Mascot   La Jolla Elementary, La Jolla, CA
 
83.   1 School Banner   La Jolla High School, La Jolla, CA
 
84.   1 Gold University Pennant   Dartmouth College Physics Department, Hanover, NH
 
85.   1 Institute Flag   Rice Space Institute, Houston, TX
 
86.   1 ISU Flag   International Space University, Strasbourg, France
 
87.   1 Rice Flag   Baker College, Houston, TX
 
88.   1 School Banner   Taft High School, Lincoln, OR
 
89.   1 School Banner   Reuben H. Fleet Space Science Center, San Diego, CA
 
90.   1 Stuffed Mascot   Garmisch American School, Garmisch, Germany
 
91.   1 Academic Medallion   Franklyn & Marshall University, Lancaster, PA
 
92.   1 School Flag   H. Frank Carey High School, Franklin Square, NY
 
93.   1 Department T-Shirt   MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering, Cambridge, MA
 
94.   1 University Flag   Columbia University, New York, NY
 
95.   1 School T-Shirt   John Street Elementary, Franklin Square, NY
 
96.   1 Book Jacket   Cradle of Aviation Museum, Long Island, NY
 
97.   1 School T-Shirt   New Hyde Park Memorial High School, New Hyde Park, NY
 
98.   1 School T-Shirt   Hillside Grade School, New Hyde Park, NY
 
99.   1 Region of Sicily Flag   Region of Sicily, Sicily, Italy
 
100.   1 Department Badge   New York Fire Department, New York, NY
 
101.   1 University Banner   Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA
 
102.   1 Gold Astronaut Pin   Agency Presentation
 
103.   1 Navy Wings   Agency Presentation
 
104.   1 Gold Astronaut Pin   Agency Presentation
 
105.   1 Air Force Wings   Agency Presentation
 
106.   1 Gold Astronaut Pin   Agency Presentation
 
107.   1 Army Wings   Agency Presentation
 
108.   1 Gold Astronaut Pin   Agency Presentation
 
109.   1 Gold Astronaut Pin   Agency Presentation
 
110.   1 Gold Astronaut Pin   Agency Presentation
 
Items 111 through 114 are manifested at the request of the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) Payload Customer.
 
111.   900 HST Patches   HST Project
 
112.   100 Pewter Shuttle Pins   Space Shuttle Program
 
113.   300 Pages Bookmarks   Space Shuttle Program
 
114.   500 Each STS-109 Crew Patches   HST Project
 
115.  
  1. 1 NYC Fire Department Patch
  2. 1 NYC Police Department Patch
  3. 1 NYC Fire Department EMS Patch
  4. 1 Port Authority Patch
  5. 1 NYC Fire Department Poster
  6. 1 NYC Police Department Poster
  Agency Presentation
116.  
  1. 7 NYC Fire Department/Police Department Baseball Caps
  2. 1 NYC Fire Department Flag
  3. 1 NYC Police Department Flag
  4. 1 NYC Fire Department Shirt
  Agency Presentation
117.   25 SR&QA Patches   Agency Presentation

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STS-109 In Brief

Mission: Hubble Space Telescope Servicing
Orbiter: Columbia
Pad: 39A
Launch: Mar. 1, 2002
6:22am EST
Grapple: Mar. 3, 2002
4:31am EST
EVAs: 5 space walks
Deploy: Mar. 9, 2002
5:04am EST
Landing: Mar. 12, 2002
4:32am EST
Duration: 10 days, 22 hours, 10 mins