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Face in Space: NASA offers to fly your picture on the space shuttle

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(Read caption) Want to fly aboard the next space shuttle mission? Too bad. You can't. But, thanks to NASA's Face in Space outreach program your photo can.

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With just two space shuttle launches remaining in the manifest, NASA is offering to fly your name and picture to the International Space Station aboard STS-133 or STS-134 flights from the Kennedy Space Center to orbit with the new outreach project called Face In Space.

You get to choose either one of the last two shuttle missions, STS-133 scheduled to launch on September 9, or STS-134, the last shuttle flight, with an as-yet-undetermined target launch date of sometime in November. Once your face has "flown in space," NASA will let you print a commemorative Flight Certificate signed by the mission commander.

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People over the age of 13 can upload their photographs and choose which of the last two Space Shuttle missions they wish them to fly on. After the Shuttle returns, they can print out a “flight certificate” signed by the mission commander. Thousands throughout the United States signed-up on the first day of the offering.

Jack Kennedy blogs at Spaceports.

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