Topic: Hamilton flag back to city by Astronauts

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A Hamilton flag that was taken into space aboard the space shuttle Discovery earlier this year has been gifted back to the city by a crew of NASA astronauts on Tuesday, 17 May.

A Hamilton flag that was taken into space aboard the space shuttle Discovery earlier this year has been gifted back to the city by a crew of NASA astronauts on Tuesday, 17 May.

The six-member crew presented the flag to the city during a special ceremony in Civic Square at 3pm, before it was raised on the Council building's flagpole by Hamilton Mayor Julie Hardaker.

In 2009 NASA space shuttle pilot Eric Boe visited Hamilton following an invitation from former high school classmate Ree Varcoe, who is general manager of the Hamilton Central Business Association. Colonel Boe then took the Hamilton flag with him on the final mission of Discovery in February of this year, and was photographed holding it in orbit.

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