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International Space Station Insignia

Large detailed 6″ diameter version of this classic design featuring the completed ISS – International Space Station, circled by the national flags of the international participant countries. Highly detailed will make a great display centerpiece, or great on a jacket.

six inch diameter international space station embroidered logoSpace Station

The International Space Station marked its 10th anniversary of continuous human occupation on Nov. 2, 2010. Since Expedition 1, which launched Oct. 31, 2000, and docked Nov. 2, the space station has been visited by 204 individuals.

At the time of the anniversary, the station’s odometer read more than 1.5 billion statute miles (the equivalent of eight round trips to the Sun), over the course of 57,361 orbits around the Earth.

As of July 2012, there have been 125 launches to the space station since the launch of the first module, Zarya, at 1:40 a.m. EST on Nov. 20, 1998: 81 Russian vehicles, 37 space shuttles, one U.S. commercial vehicle, three European and three Japanese vehicles. The final space shuttle mission July 8-21, 2011, by Atlantis delivered 4.5 tons of supplies in the Raffaello logistics module.

A total of 162 spacewalks have been conducted in support of space station assembly totaling more than 1,021 hours.

The space station, including its large solar arrays, spans the area of a U.S. football field, including the end zones, and weighs 861,804 pounds, not including visiting vehicles. The complex now has more livable room than a conventional five-bedroom house, and has two bathrooms, a gymnasium and a 360-degree bay window.

Additional launches will continue to augment these facts and figures, so check back here for the latest.

International Space Station Size & Mass

  • Module Length: 167.3 feet (51 meters)
  • Truss Length: 357.5 feet (109 meters)
  • Solar Array Length: 239.4 feet (73 meters)
  • Mass: 924,739 pounds (419,455 kilograms)
  • Habitable Volume: 13,696 cubic feet (388 cubic meters)
  • Pressurized Volume: 32,333 cubic feet (916 cubic meters)
  • Power Generation: 8 solar arrays = 84 kilowatts
  • Lines of Computer Code: approximately 2.3 million
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October 29, 2012 Posted by | international space station, Space Patches | , , | 1 Comment

Space Station Expedition 3 Insignia

The Expedition Three crew members–astronaut Frank L. Culbertson, Jr., commander, and cosmonauts Vladimir N. Dezhurov and Mikhail Tyurin, flight engineers–had the following to say about the insignia for their scheduled mission aboard the International Space Station (ISS): “The book of space history turns from the chapter written onboard the Russian Mir Station and the U.S. Space Shuttle to the next new chapter, one that will be written on the blank pages of the future by space explorers working for the benefit of the entire world. The space walker signifies the human element of this endeavor. The star representing the members of the third expedition, and the entire multi-national Space Station building team, streaks into the dawning era of cooperative space exploration, represented by the image of the International Space Station as it nears completion.”

Expedition 3 Mission Patch Available from the Spaceboosters Online Store

January 1, 2012 Posted by | international space station, NASA, Russian Spaceflight, space, Space Patches, spaceflight | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

International Space Station Expedition 2

The International Space Station Expedition Two patch depicts the Space Station as it appears during the time the second crew will be on board. The Station flying over the Earth represents the overall reason for having a space station: to benefit the world through scientific research and international cooperation in space. The number 2 is for the second expedition and is enclosed in the Cyrillic MKS and Latin ISS which are the respective Russian and English abbreviations for the International Space Station. The United States and Russian flags show the nationalities of the crew indicating the joint nature of the program. When asked about the stars in the background, a crew spokesman said they “…represent the thousands of space workers throughout the ISS partnership who have contributed to the successful construction of our International Space Station.”

Expedition 2 Embroidered Patch

January 1, 2012 Posted by | international space station, NASA, Russian Spaceflight, space, Space Patches, spaceflight | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Space Station Expeditions – Expedition 1

The first International Space Station crew patch is a simplified graphic of the station complex when fully completed. The station is seen with solar arrays turned forward. The last names of the Expedition One crew, Soyuz pilot Yuri Gidzenko, flight engineer Sergei Krikalev, and expedition commander William (Bill) Shepherd, appear under the station symbol.

January 1, 2012 Posted by | international space station, NASA, Russian Spaceflight, Space Patches, spaceflight | , , , , , | Leave a comment

ISS Expedition 34 Embroidered Patch Design

The crew members of the Expedition 34 mission put together the following description of their patch: “The outer border of the Expedition 34 patch takes the mold line of a crew transfer or generic resupply vehicle which will form our bridge to the orbiting outpost throughout the second half of its operational lifetime. Inscribed inside in gold is a craft symbolizing future extra-terrestrial landers that will someday open other celestial destinations to human exploration. Our Sun, which enables the miracle of the only known life in our universe, radiates above the rich and colorful orb of Earth. Its 15 rays represent the countries of the International Space Station (ISS) Partnership whose foresight and sacrifice have enabled the first small steps into our universe. The ISS in flight represents the dedication, ingenuity, and cooperation amongst the thousands and thousands of workers around the globe who have successfully designed and built a wonder of our modern world. The distant stars, like those visible in our night sky, beckon us to come further into the depths of space. ‘Off the Earth. . . For the Earth’ – Our acknowledgement of the responsibility and commitment to work diligently for all inhabitants of planet Earth.”
 
Expedition 34 begins with the Soyuz TMA-05M undocking in October 2012. Three new crew members will arrive shortly thereafter on Soyuz TMA-07M.Soyuz TMA-06M
Crew: Kevin Ford, Oleg Novitskiy, Evgeny Tarelkin
Launch: October 2012
Landing: March 2013

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

 
 

December 31, 2011 Posted by | international space station, NASA, Space Patches | , , , , , | Leave a 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

ISS Expedition 31 Patch

Available now the International Space Station Expedition 31 Embroidered Patch through the Spaceboosters Online Store

Unusual design/shape for a mission patch, NASA description:

Thin crescents along the horizons of the Earth and Moon depict International Space Station (ISS) Expedition 31.

The shape of the patch represents a view of our galaxy. The black background symbolizes the research into dark matter, one of the scientific objectives of Expedition 31.
At the heart of the patch are the Earth, Moon, Mars, and asteroids, the focus of current and future exploration.
The ISS is shown in an orbit around the Earth, with a collection of stars for the Expedition 30 and 31 crews. The small stars symbolize the visiting vehicles that will dock with the complex during this expedition.
 
Expedition 31 begins with the Soyuz TMA-22 undocking. Three new crew members will arrive shortly thereafter on Soyuz TMA-04M.Soyuz TMA-03M
Crew: Oleg Kononenko, Andre Kuipers, Don Pettit
Launch target: Dec. 26, 2011
Docking: Dec. 28, 2011
Landing: TBD

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

 

October 15, 2011 Posted by | ESA, international space station, NASA | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Expedition 28 Embroidered Patch

Embroidered Patch International Space Station Expedition 28

Expedition 28 begins with the Soyuz TMA-20 undocking in May 2011. Three new crew members will arrive shortly thereafter on Soyuz TMA-02M.

Soyuz TMA-21
Crew: Andrey Borisenko, Ron Garan, Alexander Samokutyaev
Launch: April 4, 2011, 6:18 p.m. EDT
Docking: April 6, 2011, 7:18 p.m. EDT
Landing: September 2011

Soyuz TMA-02M
Crew: Sergei Volkov, Mike Fossum and Satoshi Furukawa
Launch: June 7, 2011
Docking: June 9, 2011
Landing: November 2011 

Image above: The Expedition 28 crew members, from right (front row) are Commander Andrey Borisenko and Flight Engineers Alexander Samokutyaev and Mike Fossum. Pictured from the left (back row) are Flight Engineers Satoshi Furukawa, Ron Garan and Sergei Volkov. Photo credit: NASA

ISS Expedition 28 Patch available

May 12, 2011 Posted by | Space Patches | , , | Leave a comment