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FAMU flag heading to space as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program

Flags from select historically black colleges and universities, including FAMU and a few...
Flags from select historically black colleges and universities, including FAMU and a few additional universities, are part of the cargo for Boeing Starliner’s second Orbital Flight Test,(Courtesy: John Proferes)
Updated: Jun. 17, 2021 at 7:06 PM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - Florida A&M University is heading to space! Flags from select historically black colleges and universities, including FAMU and a few additional universities, are part of the cargo for Boeing Starliner’s second Orbital Flight Test, according to a Thursday press release from Boeing.

Flags, pennants and a couple of other items will be onboard Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner as it embarks on its second mission to orbit for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program part of the hundreds of pounds of cargo inside the uncrewed spacecraft for Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2).

“Closing representation gaps in our company and our industry is a priority for Boeing, and inspiring diverse students to pursue careers in aerospace is an important part of that effort,” said Boeing President and CEO David Calhoun in the press release. “By representing HBCUs on our Starliner mission, we are demonstrating our commitment to working with these institutions to advance equity and inclusion and help ensure a bright future for their students.”

Other universities being represented by Boeing include Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College and Spelman College, part of the Atlanta University Center Consortium, Alabama A&M University, Howard University in Washington, D.C., Morgan State University in Maryland, North Carolina A&T, Prairie View A&M University in Texas, Southern University and A&M College in Louisiana, Allen University in South Carolina, South Carolina State University, Tennessee State University and Tuskegee University in Alabama.

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