Title of Work

Karen Nyberg Pennant


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Date of Work



Mixed Media


30 7/8" (framed)


41" (framed)


Art & Design Study Collection


Displayed: Third floor


Twamley Hall

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This UND pennant, accompanied by astronaut and alumna Karen Nyberg, was on board the International Space Station for Expeditions 36 and 37. It was launched into orbit on June 5, 2013, and returned to Earth on May 18, 2014.

The pennant's trip to the International Space Station was on the European Automated Transfer Vehicle ATV-004 Albert Einstein, which launched from Kourou, French Guiana, and docked with the ISS on June 25, 2013. It returned to Earth on the American commercial cargo vehicle SpaceX CRS-3 Dragon. which undocked from the ISS on May 18, 2014, splashing down in the Pacific Ocean the same day.

Nyberg launched to ISS on May 28, 2013, and returned to Earth on November 11, 2013.

Karen Nyberg, a Vining Minnesota native, it the first UND alumnus to go into space. Her first mission was aboard the space shuttle Discovery, which launched May 31, 2008. On August 2, 2013, she delivered the UND summer commencement message from the International Space Station. She graduated summa cum laude from UND in 1994 with a degree in mechanical engineering, and received an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from the University in 2014.