above: Space Shuttle Endeavour docked with MIR, from here.
below: Cosmic Apple Tree, Dedication Date: October 9, 2009 from here.
This apple tree was grown from apple seeds provided by the Alabama Aerospace Teachers' Association in conjunction with the Cosmic Apple Seed Project. The seeds were flown aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour (OV-105) by Alabama Astronaut Joe F. Edwards. Launched on January 22, 1998, the seeds traveled over 3.6 million miles in 8 days, 19 hours, 48 minutes, docked with the Mir Space Station and traveled over 18,000 miles per hour. The seeds returned to the Cape on January 31, 1998. Mrs. Diane Watson's 3rd Grade Class at Webb Elementary School, in Webb, Alabama planted the seed during Spring of 1998.
below: From here:
In the STS-89 crew insignia, the link between the United States and Russia is symbolically represented by the Space Shuttle Endeavour and Russia's Mir Space Station orbiting above the Bering Strait between Siberia and Alaska. The success of the joint United States-Russian missions is depicted by the Space Shuttle and Mir colored by the rising sun in the background. A shadowed representation of the International Space Station (ISS) rising with the sun represents the future program for which the Shuttle-Mir missions are prototypes. [...]