Sunday, February 04, 2007

NASA to Honor Early U.S. Explorers by Taking Coins, Artifact to Space (

NASA plans to take four coins and a 400-year-old artifact into space to honor early U.S. explorers.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration plans to take the two sets of coins and the artifact from historic Jamestown aboard space shuttle Atlantis, scheduled for launch in March to the International Space Station.

The artifact, a metal cargo tag reading Yames Towne, was unearthed at Jamestown -- the 1607 site of the first permanent English settlement in the Americas. Two sets of Jamestown commemorative coins, authorized by Congress and recently issued by the U.S. Mint, will also be aboard the shuttle. . . .

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