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Looking back – ISS Crew Patches

Crew patches


Each resident International Space Station crew has their own crew patch. The patch adorns the crew’s clothing, spacesuits and other crew items.

The patch designs are often full of symbolic references. So too are the patches designed for Expedition 20 and 21 – the two ISS crews that Frank De Winne will be a part of during his six-month mission.

The Expedition 20 and 21 patches are shown below, together with an explanation of their design.
 

 
 
ISS Expedition 20 crew patch
 

The Expedition 20 patch
 
ISS Expedition 20 crew patch
 

The ISS Expedition 20 crew patch symbolizes a new era in space exploration with the first six-person crew living and working on the ISS and represents the significance of the ISS to the exploration goals of NASA and its international partners.

The six gold stars signify the men and women of the crew. The astronaut symbol extends from the base of the patch to the star at the top to represent the international team, both on the ground and on orbit, that are working together to further our knowledge of living and working in space.

The space station in the foreground represents where we are now and the important role it is playing towards meeting our exploration goals. The knowledge and expertise developed from these advancements will enable us to once again leave low earth orbit for the new challenges of establishing a permanent presence on the moon and then on to Mars.

 

The blue, gray and red arcs represent our exploration goals as symbols of Earth, the Moon and Mars.

 
 
ISS Expedition 21 crew patch
 

ISS Expedition 21 crew patch
 
ISS Expedition 21 crew patch
 

The central element of the ISS Expedition 21 crew patch is inspired by a fractal of six, symbolizing the teamwork of the six-person crew. From the basic element of one person, together six people form a much more complex and multifaceted entity, toward the infinity of the universe.

The patch shows children, on Earth in the bright Sun, as our future and the reason we explore. The Soyuz and Shuttle are the vehicles that enable human space exploration today, while the International Space Station is leading to our next goals, the moon and Mars.

The patch shape has six tips, geometrically sound yet reminiscent of a leaf, representing symmetry and ecological harmony, while the six stars in deep space represent the current crew and future exploration crews.

 
 
Soyuz TMA-15 crew patch
 

Soyuz TMA-15 crew patch
 
Soyuz TMA-15 crew patch
 

Above is the crew patch that was worn by Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko, ESA astronaut Frank De Winne and Canadian Space Agency astronaut Robert Thirsk for their flight to the International Space Station with the Soyuz TMA-15 spacecraft.

An angel, painted by Yura Menkevich (aged 15) of the Kemerovo region in West Siberia, Russia, was chosen as the central element for the Soyuz TMA-15 patch.

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August 28, 2012 Posted by | international space station, ISS, NASA, Russian Spaceflight, Space Patches | , , , | Leave a comment

Official André Kuipers ‘Spaceship Earth’ Embroidered Patch

Official André Kuipers 'Spaceship Earth' Embroidered PatchAbout Spaceship Earth

Spaceship Earth
    

During his stay in orbit, André Kuipers will have a unique view of ‘Spaceship Earth’ from his very own spaceship, the International Space Station. From the spectacular vantage point provided by Cupola, the ESA astronaut will have the opportunity to observe both the beauty and fragility of our planet.
 

His observations will support the ESA online lessons designed to help European children strengthen their knowledge in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. These will be part of three themes covering topics such as Life in Space, Biodiversity on Earth and planet Earth’s climate.

As part of Spaceship Earth, André will perform experiments on board which can also be carried out by schools. ESA is providing school kits with replicas of the experiments on board the ISS.  
 

Lessons associated with Spaceschip Earth will be released throughout the PromISSe mission.  
 

Spaceship Earth Theme 1: Life
  

Theme 1: Life

Radiation

Radiation is the term used for all phenomena characterised by the transport of energy, either by waves or sub-atomic particles. This lesson for secondary school students (16-18), explains different types of radiations and how some forms of radiation pose a threat to astronauts.

Balance in Space

Keeping balance on Earth is relatively easy because gravity dictates how the vestibular apparatuses behave in the inner ears. In conditions of microgravity such as on the ISS, astronauts can be very easily disoriented. This lesson for lower secondary school children (12-14) demonstrates how balance can also be affected by visual cues and incorporates a fun practical activity.

Immunology

Understanding how the immune system functions will eventually lead to answers about many diseases including cancers. This lesson, intended for upper secondary school students (14-17), explains the basics of the immune system but also discusses the fact that astronauts in Space, for various reasons, have depressed immune responses. This is particularly important to study if humans are to live in microgravity for extended periods of time
 
 

Life Support Systems

We now have the capability to leave planet Earth. However, if man is to live in space and travel to other planets, we must learn how to survive out there for longer periods of time; we have to recreate in space the vital ingredients for life on Earth.

On the International Space Station many of Earth’s environmental support systems have already been engineered. Examining how some of these key technologies work, allows us to understand the vital ingredients that make Earth such an ideal place to live.

In the DVD ‘Ingredients for Life: On Earth and in Space’, aimed primarily at 16-18 year old students, we explore how ESA is dealing with these scientific and technological challenges, and we answer questions like: Why do we need water and oxygen? How do astronauts get the oxygen they need to survive in space?
 
 

Biodervisity header
 

Theme 2: Biodiversity

Convection

Convection depends on gravity: as liquids and gases heat up they become less dense and lighter. When they cool again, they become denser and fall towards Earth. These processes can be observed in large scale on Earth but also in the small convection loops provided in the ESA EPO kits. Ocean currents and atmospheric movement due to warmth from the Sun determines where life on Earth flourishes and where life struggles. Biodiverse regions on Earth are largely dependent on convection.

Official André Kuipers ‘Spaceship Earth’ Embroidered Patch
 (Dutch Language version)

July 12, 2012 Posted by | André Kuipers, ESA, international space station, ISS, spaceflight | , | Leave a comment

ESA ATV-4 Automated Transfer Vehicle Official Embroidered Patch

ESA ATV-4 Automated Transfer Vehicle Official Embroidered Patch

Patch measures approx 90mm x 90mm

ATV-4 to carry name Albert Einstein

ATV-4 to carry name Albert Einstein

Official ATV-4 now available, ATV-4 could only be released following the successful launch of ATV-3.

ATV-4 to carry name Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein in 1921
 

 
 

 
With ATV Johannes Kepler in space and ATV Edoardo Amaldi almost built, the next Space Station supply craft coming off the production line has been named after the most famous scientist of all time: Albert Einstein. Launch is expected in early 2013.
 
With relativity and E=mc2, Albert Einstein is a major icon of 20th century science.

His theories have been stringently tested in space and his work is used to guide spacecraft to other planets – and now he will fly into orbit. ESA has decided to name the fourth Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) after Albert Einstein.

 
 

ATV-2 docking on 24 February 2011
   
ATV-2 docking with ISS on 24 February 2011
 

ATVs are an essential contribution by Europe for supplying and maintaining the International Space Station.

The vessels are named after great European scientists and visionaries to highlight Europe’s deep roots in science, technology and culture.

Naming ATV-4 after Albert Einstein, as proposed by the Swiss delegation to ESA, reflects this approach. Einstein’s contributions to humanity and, in particular, science overturned our perception of the Universe.

ATV is also strongly linked to Switzerland: its structure is built by Swiss industry.

 
 

Albert Einstein, 1879 - 1955
   

 

World citizen with roots in Switzerland
 
Albert Einstein was born in 1879 in Ulm, in Germany, but studied and spent his early career in Switzerland.

His job at the patent office in Bern gave him time to develop his revolutionary ideas. His annus mirabilisof 1905 – year of wonder – saw him publish four fundamental scientific papers on the photoelectric effect, Brownian motion, special relativity and the equivalence of matter and energy.

In 1908 he moved to an academic career in Bern and went on to Zurich, Prague, Berlin and, finally, after emigration to the USA before World War II, Princeton University.

He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1921. He died in the USA in 1955 at the age of 76.

 
 
Next two ATVs on production line
 

Pressurised module of the ATV-4
 
Pressurised module for Albert Einstein
 

After launching ATV Johannes Kepler to the Space Station this February, ESA plans to maintain a steady cadence of one vessel per year.

The next, Edoardo Amaldi, is already assembled and is being tested in Bremen, Germany. ATV-3 will be shipped to Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, in August for dispatch to the Station in February 2012.

 
 

Equipped External Bay of the ATV-4
   
Equipped External Bay of the ATV-4
 

The three main parts of ATV-4 are being built. The Integrated Cargo Carrier, designed to carry water, gas, refuelling propellants and dry cargo, is in Turin, Italy, and will be shipped in December to Bremen.

The Equipped Propulsion Bay, housing the engines and propellant tanks, is built in Bremen.

The Equipped Avionics Bay – ATV’s ‘brain’ – will be mated at end of the year with the propulsion section.

The plan is to launch Albert Einstein to the Station at the beginning of 2013.

March 25, 2012 Posted by | ESA, international space station, ISS, Space Patches, Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

The Missing ISS Expedition 33 Patch

We have featured all of the most recent ISS Expedition patches with the exception of this new patch for Expedition 33.

 

Expedition 33 begins with the Soyuz TMA-04M undocking in September 2012. Three new crew members will arrive shortly thereafter on Soyuz TMA-06M.

Soyuz TMA-05M
Crew: Sunita Williams, Yuri Malenchenko, Akihiko Hoshide
Launch: May 2012
Landing: November 2012

Soyuz TMA-06M
Crew: Kevin Ford, Oleg Novitskiy and Evgeny Tarelkin
Launch: October 2012
Landing: March 2013

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November 24, 2011 Posted by | ESA, international space station, ISS, NASA, Russian Spaceflight | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Embroidered Patch for Expedition 36

Expedition 36 Embroidered Patch


Expedition 36 begins with the undocking of Soyuz TMA-07M in May 2013. Three new crew members will arrive aboard Soyuz TMA-09M, which is scheduled to launch in May 2013.

Soyuz TMA-08M
Crew: Chris Cassidy, Pavel Vinogradov, Alexander Misurkin
Launch: March 2013
Landing: September 2013

Soyuz TMA-09M
Crew: Karen Nyberg, Maxim Suraev. Luca Parmitano
Launch: May 2013
Landing: November 2013

Embroidered ISS Expedition 36 Patch

October 15, 2011 Posted by | ESA, international space station, ISS, JAXA, NASA, Russian Spaceflight, Space Patches | , , , , , | Leave a comment

ISS Expedition 35 Patch

Expedition 35 Embroidered Patch 


Emblazoned with a bold 35 for the 35th expedition to the International Space Station (ISS), this patch portrays a natural moonlit view of the Earth from the ISS at the moment of sunrise, one of the sixteen that occur each day at orbital velocity, with glowing bands of Earth’s atmosphere dispersing the sun’s bright light into primary colors.

The Earth is depicted as it often appears from space, without recognizable coastlines or boundaries – just as the international endeavor of living and working together in space blurs technical and cultural boundaries between nations. The ISS is the unseen central figure of the image, since the view is from a window of the Space Station itself, commemorating full use of the Space Station as a long-duration dwelling from which humans can develop techniques and technologies to further explore.

The crew points out, “The arc of the Earth’s horizon with the sun’s arrows of light imply a bow shooting the imagination to Mars and the cosmos where our species may one day thrive.”

Expedition 35 begins with the Soyuz TMA-06M undocking in March 2013. Three new crew members will arrive shortly thereafter on Soyuz TMA-08M.

Soyuz TMA-07M
Crew: Chris Hadfield, Tom Marshburn, Roman Romanenko
Launch: November 2012
Landing: May 2013

Soyuz TMA-08M
Crew: Chris Cassidy, Pavel Vinogradov, Alexander Misurkin
Launch: March 2013
Landing: September 2013

Embroidered Expedition 35 patch available now from the spaceboosters online store

 

October 15, 2011 Posted by | ESA, international space station, ISS, JAXA, NASA, Russian Spaceflight | , , , , | Leave a comment

ISS Expedition 32 Embroiderd Patch

Expedition 32 Embroidered Patch

Expedition 32 begins with the Soyuz TMA-03M undocking in May 2012. Three new crew members will arrive shortly thereafter on Soyuz TMA-05M.

Soyuz TMA-04M
Crew: Joe Acaba, Gennady Padalka, Sergei Revin
Launch: March 2012
Landing: September 2012

Soyuz TMA-05M
Crew: Sunita Williams, Yuri Malenchenko, Akihiko Hoshide
Launch: May 2012
Landing: November 2012 

Sunita Williams and Akihiko Hoshide

Image above: NASA astronaut Sunita Williams, Expedition 32 flight engineer and Expedition 33 commander; and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, Expedition 32/33 flight engineer, participate in a food tasting session in the Habitability and Environmental Factors Office at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. Photo credit: NASA

This patch represents the 32nd expedition to the International Space Station (ISS) and the significance of the science being conducted there for current and future generations. The arch shape of the patch symbolizes the “doorway” to future space exploration possibilities. The ISS, an orbiting laboratory above the Earth, provides a unique perspective for Earth observation and monitoring. The flame depicts the pursuit of knowledge and highlights the importance of education as the key to future human space flight. The astronaut symbol circles the Earth, acknowledging the work of all astronauts, past, present, and future. The names of each crew member located on the border of the patch are written to honor the various cultures and languages on the mission. The three flags also depict the home countries of the Expedition 32 crew members and signify the collaborative ISS partnership of 15 countries working as one.

October 15, 2011 Posted by | ESA, ISS, JAXA, NASA, Russian Spaceflight, Space Patches | , , , , , , | Leave a comment