VSSEC Wins IAF Follow the Flag Competition
During 2011, to help celebrate its 60th birthday, the IAF ran an exciting competition called "Follow the Flag". The challenge was to photograph the IAF flag in as many places on Earth as possible. They started the anniversary year by sending 300 IAF flags up to the International Space Station where it was displayed by the astronauts and cosmonauts of Expedition 26. They went up to orbit again with the Space Shuttle in 2011. Right now, the IAF flags are currently in space with Tiangong 1. They encouraged people to take photos of the IAF flag in unusual but space-related locations and at the IAC, the Victorian Space Science Education Centre (VSSEC) was announced as the winner.
The winning photo shows students on the simulated Mars surface at the VSSEC during a Mission to Mars programme. This was established to engage students in science and engineering and develop a strong skill base in Australia. VSSEC receives one of the IAF flags which flew on board the International Space Station and a signed photograph from the astronauts and cosmonauts who attended our 60th birthday party in March.