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Monday, December 11, 2006

Astronaut brings a piece of Needham with her


Sunita L. Williams brought several things with her aboard the shuttle Discovery. One of them, the Globe reports today, is a small white flag containing Needham's town seal.

Williams, who lived in Needham as a child, also took a 2004 Red Sox World Series championship hat, a New England Patriots hat, and a Needham schools T-shirt.

This will be the longest documented journey for any Needham artifact, and certainly the first voyage into outer space. An engineer from Needham once took the town flag to Antarctica.

-- Erica Tochin

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