SPACE SHUTTLE PATCH
The design celebrates the Space Shuttle's thirty years of orbital operations (1981 – 2010)* and the many great accomplishments of the Space Shuttle program. It is modeled after the traditional mission crew patches that have been used on space flights since the 1960's.
The Space Shuttle Orbiter is shown prominently over the Earth. Three other spacecraft join the Space Shuttle in this design, symbolizing just a few of the many achievements made possible by the Shuttle program.
To the left of the Shuttle is the International Space Station (ISS), which was launched, assembled, and populated largely by Space Shuttle missions (together with Russian modules and vehicles).
Shown above the ISS is an astronaut floating free in space using a Manned Maneuvering Unit (MMU). The MMU was first demonstrated in space on a Shuttle flight.
To the right of the orbiter is the Hubble Space Telescope. The Hubble was launched into space, placed in orbit, and serviced several times using the Space Shuttle. Stars and a galaxy represent the expanding knowledge of the universe the Hubble has given us.
The Moon and Mars are illustrated to represent the future direction of human space exploration, and the many science achievements the Space Shuttle program has contributed toward those goals.
Six small stars represent the six orbiters in the Shuttle fleet. The names of the six vehicles of the fleet (including Enterprise) surround the design.
The two seven pointed stars, placed near the names of Columbia and Challenger pay tribute to the loss of those orbiters and the seven member astronaut crews of each of those missions.
(* At the time of the contest, the last planned flight of the Space Shuttle was to be in 2010.)
Space Shuttle patch design artwork has flown aboard Atlantis
On May 14, 2010, Space Shuttle Atlantis lifted off on what was then its planned last flight into space. Riding onboard the spacecraft in the cargo bay was my artwork designed to commemorate the Space Shuttle Program.
A pair of triangular stowage boxes had been carefully bolted between the braces on Atlantis' docking airlock for the STS-132 mission. The boxes were loaded with commemorative patches and flags. Tucked away inside the starboard side container were two CDs with digital versions of the patch designs submitted to NASA as entries in the contest to commemorate the Space Shuttle Program. Among the designs on the CDs was my patch artwork.
During its 12 days in space, the artwork made 186 orbits of the planet and traveled 4,879,978 miles.