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Brian Basset Creates Commemorative Space Shuttle Cartoon

April 05, 2011

Joshua Buck 
Headquarters, Washington      

RELEASE: 11-100


WASHINGTON -- Comic strip artist Brian Basset has created a drawing 
depicting his characters, Red and Rover, racing alongside the space 
shuttle as it lands for the final time. After 30 years and more than 
130 missions, NASA's space shuttle fleet will retire later this year. 

A poster commemorating the Space Shuttle Program's 30th anniversary 
will feature Basset's cartoon and a patch selected as part of a 
contest among NASA employees to honor the program. 

"The U.S. space program has been the one constant throughout my entire 
life," Basset said. "I was humbled and honored when given the 
opportunity to create the art for the commemorative Space Shuttle 
Program 30th anniversary poster." 

Basset, a supporter of space exploration, created "Red and Rover" in 
2000. A comic strip with a retro feel, it is about the unconditional 
love between a boy and his dog. The pair often dreams of going to 
space together. Nominated by the National Cartoonists Society for 
Best Comic Strip of the Year in 2003 and 2010, "Red and Rover" 
appears in more than 160 newspapers worldwide and syndicated by 
Universal Uclick. 

In 2004, Basset became the only cartoonist to have his space-themed 
comic strips displayed at NASA's headquarters in Washington. On July 
26, 2005, Basset's original drawing commemorating NASA's return to 
flight after the Columbia accident launched aboard shuttle Discovery 
on the STS-114 mission. 

To download an electronic version of the 30th anniversary poster, 


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