Flat Stanley in Space - Really!

NASA Certificate of Authenticity

Stanley on board the Space Shuttle DISCOVERY in 1994 and a NASA Certificate of Authenticity signed by 6 astronauts.  Stanley completed 217 orbits of the earth and travelled 4.6 million miles.


But once wasn't enough for Flat Stanley.  He went into space again!   Here's an article from Newsweek.com


To Infinity and Beyond
Because of his dimensions, Flat Stanley can When you are flat, you can go to places few of us will ever go, like outer space. In 1999, Stanley accompanied pilot Rick Husband aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery, mission STS-96, the first to dock with the International Space Station.



August 17—  Yes, you can say he’s a shallow celebrity, but you can’t deny his accomplishments: he’s been all around the world, starred on prime-time TV and flown aboard the space shuttle (twice). Most important: school kids love him.

Who is he? The unlikeliest of pop-culture icons is Flat Stanley, a paper cutout inspired by a 1964 children’s book of the same name about a boy squished flat by a falling bulletin board who makes the most of his potentially distressing situation by folding himself up inside in an envelope and mailing himself to far-away friends.

In recent years, a swarm of homemade mailborne Flat Stanleys have been going places in imitation of the hero of Jeff Brown’s book. Since 1995, when Dale Hubert, a grade-school teacher in London, Ontario, launched the Flat Stanley Project, Flat Stanley has been showing up in the oddest places, from network TV to Tibet to low-earth orbit. Hubert’s idea was for his third graders to create their own Flat Stanleys out of paper and send them off to other schools for a few weeks as an “exchange student.” Flat Stanley would arrive with a journal in which his hosts could record all of his adventures and activities. The goal was to inspire kids to read and write letters and e-mails to other kids. Hubert says his students found it far more stimulating than the rote pen-pal routine of “How are you? I am fine.” Since then, other teachers have come up with ways to incorporate Flat Stanley into lessons on English, math and social studies.

It being the ’90s, Hubert also created a Flat Stanley Project Web site (http://www.flatstanley.com) run by the Education Network of Ontario that gained a following among other teachers and students, which in turn generated even more Flat Stanley exchanges. By September, Hubert says, 2,000 classrooms around the world will be registered with the program. And Hubert isn’t stopping there: his future plans include getting sick kids involved in hospital-to-hospital Flat Stanley exchanges.

© 2002 Newsweek, Inc.

Stanley in Ghana
Besides his role in encouraging school children to read and write, Flat Stanley also fosters greater knowledge of geography and other cultures--"helping children gain a global perspective," as project founder Dale Hubert puts it.

Stanley to the Stars
'Daily Show' host Jon Stewart is just one of the celebrities who've had the privilege of meeting Flat Stanley. Stanley has also appeared with Benjamin Bratt on 'The Rosie O'Donnell Show' and on episodes of 'Third Watch' and 'The West Wing.' Says Hubert: 'Actors don't feel they've made it if some kid hasn't asked them to pose with Flat Stanley.'

Down to Earth
Stanley posing with news vendors in New York's Greenwich Village.




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