Guam’s Flag Flies High on Shuttle Discovery


Guam – Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo met recently with National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) STS-133 Pilot Eric Boe, Mission Specialist Nicole Scott, and Mission Specialist Stephen Bowen in her office on Capitol Hill. 

The astronauts recently completed the 35th mission to the International Space Station, which lasted from February 24, 2011 to March 9, 2011.  During their meeting with the Congresswoman, the astronauts presented her with a Guam flag that was flown on board the Discovery.

[ Congresswoman Bordallo is joined, from left to right, by Mission Specialist Steve Bowen, Pilot Eric Boe, and Mission Specialist Nicole Scott.  The astronauts recently completed the final flight of the space shuttle Discovery, on which they brought a Guam flag]

Congresswoman Bordallo met with Mission Specialist Bowen on July 28, 2010, and requested that he bring a Guam flag with him on his next mission to space as a tribute to the late CDR Willie McCool.  CDR McCool was the pilot of the space shuttle Columbia, which was destroyed on February 1, 2003 during re-entry into the earth’s atmosphere.  CDR McCool attended middle and high school on Guam, and he had a Guam flag with him during his fateful mission on board the Columbia.

During the STS-133 mission, the astronauts delivered a new permanent module and an external stowage platform to the International Space Station as well as equipment and supplies.  The mission lasted nine days and was the final planned launch of the Space Shuttle Discovery.

[A Guam flag is flown on board the space shuttle Discovery as it orbits the earth.]

“These astronauts have made significant contributions the fields of science and technology,” said Congresswoman Bordallo.  “Their work continues to inspire many young adults and children throughout our nation, and I look forward to their further contributions to our nation’s critically important space program.  The Guam flag that was flown on the Discovery will be displayed at the CDR Willie McCool School on Guam.”