Bob Jacobs Headquarters, Washington (Phone: 202/358-1600) Anne Canty American Museum of Natural History, New

York (Phone: 212/769-5973) NOTE TO EDITORS: N02-42

June 10, 2002

NASA RETURNS WORLD TRADE CENTER FLAG TO COMMEMORATE FLAG DAY AT NEW YORK'S AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY An American flag recovered from the debris in the days immediately following the terrorist attacks in New York will be returned to the city during a special presentation scheduled for Flag Day, June 14. The American Museum of Natural History will host the event at the Rose Center for Earth and Space. The tattered flag, recovered by the city's police department, was flown into space in December on board the Space Shuttle Endeavour during STS-108 as part of the agency's Flags for Heroes and Families campaign. The large American flag, along with other commemorative badges and patches, were flown with nearly 6,000 smaller American flags that will be presented to the victims' families in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania. Media representatives are invited to the presentation, which begins Friday at 2:30 p.m. EDT. Due to security restrictions, reporters who want to attend must call the American Museum of Natural History at 212/769-5800. The ceremony will be broadcast live on NASA Television. NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe will return the items flown into orbit to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Governor George Pataki, and representatives from the New York Police Department, the New York fire Department and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The presentation will also feature a commemorative message from the American members of the Expedition Four crew, who were carried into space by Endeavour and are now preparing to come home after a record-setting mission on board the International Space Station. Opening remarks will come from Ellen Futter, President of the American Museum of Natural History.

The American Museum of Natural History is one of the world's preeminent scientific, educational, and cultural institutions. Since its founding in 1869, the Museum has advanced its global mission to discover, interpret, and disseminate information about human cultures, the natural world, and the universe through a wide-reaching program of scientific research, education, and exhibitions. In February 2000, the Museum opened its most ambitious endeavor ever - the monumental 120-foot-high, 335,500 square-foot Frederick Phineas & Sandra Priest Rose Center for Earth and Space. NASA TV is broadcast on the GE2 satellite, Transponder 9C, at 85 degrees West longitude, frequency 3880.0 MHz, audio 6.8 MHz. Items flown to honor the memory of the victims at the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania will be returned as appropriate events can be identified and scheduled. Distribution of the American flags for the survivors and families of the victims will be handled by the city of New York, the Department of Defense, American Airlines and United Airlines. Additional information about the Rose Center is available on the Internet at: http://www.amnh.org/rose/index.html -end-