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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

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