Troy flag takes off with shuttle

Space Shuttle Discovery blasted off this morning from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida carrying a Troy University flag.

Liftoff was scheduled for 10:38 a.m. CDT. The flag, which is part of the shuttle’s payload, will spend 14 days in space and will travel to the International Space Station.

NASA Mission Specialist Doug Wheelock, a member of the STS-120 crew, made the Troy flag’s Space journey possible.

Ten members of Troy University’s Wiregrass Math & Science Consortium were in Florida to watch the launch. The teachers will carry stories back to their students in Dothan area schools.

Col. Wheelock is expected to visit Troy University in the spring to meet with consortium members on the Dothan Campus to discuss the mission.