What on Earth is an astronaut doing on Hue’s cover?

Take a look at that flag in the background. It was made by Annin Flagmakers, the country’s oldest and largest flag manufacturer, which has produced flags for innumerable landmark moments in American history, including presidential inaugurations and funerals, expeditions to the North Pole and up Mount Everest, and the Battle of Iwo Jima. Annin is also the family business of Sandy Van Lieu ’94. Although she was a child when the Apollo 17 spacecraft touched down on the moon, she honed her manufacturing skills at FIT and is now a sixth-generation co-owner of the flagmaking company. Click here to learn everything you ever wondered (or didn’t) about our venerable Stars and Stripes.

Photo courtesy of NASA.