Flag, U.S., Commemorative (Columbia STS-107 Crew)


Display Status:

This object is on display in the Moving Beyond Earth exhibition at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.

Collection Item Summary:

The Speaker of the House of Representatives arranged for this American flag to be flown over the U.S. Capitol on February 1, 2003, in tribute to the seven astronauts who perished that morning aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia during its return from orbit. The flag is a potent symbol of the nation's regard for its heroes. As people around the world mourned the loss of Columbia and the STS-107 crew, Speaker J. Dennis Hastert honored the space explorers on the day of the tragedy.

The Speaker's office transferred the flag to the Museum in 2003.

Collection Item Long Description:

Inventory Number


Credit Line

Gift of the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives

Country of Origin

United States of America


  • flag: 100% cotton, embroidered stars, brass eyes
  • case: embossed cardboard
  • folder: embossed vinyl, fabric, paper, plastic


3-D (Folded, On Display): 58 × 28 × 5.5cm (22 13/16 × 11 × 2 3/16 in.)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum