Brian Basset's comic strip, "Red and Rover," often celebrates the outer-space dreams of the main character and his dog. Dreams meet realities in this tribute to the space shuttle program, penned by Basset for NASA. This artwork, showing the pair running alongside a shuttle during its final landing, isn't the first time the cartoonist and the space agency have worked together. NASA Headquarters hosted a one-man show featuring Basset's strips in 2004, and one of Basset's drawings flew aboard the shuttle Discovery during STS-114's "Return to Flight" mission in 2005. Basset thus continues a cartoon tradition that goes back to the 1960s, when another boy and his dog played a role in America's space effort.
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