SPACE SHUTTLE PATCH
The design celebrates the Space Shuttle's thirty years of orbital operations (1981 – 2010).
The Space Shuttle Orbiter is shown in glowing silhouette. The booster rockets and external tank are rendered in white and gray, recalling the design of the original Space Shuttle program patch as well as the painted white external tank used during the first launches.
The names of the six vehicles of the fleet (including Enterprise) surround the design.
Concept 3 Variation
A variation of the basic design is shown at left. Three other spacecraft join the Space Shuttle in this design, symbolizing just a few of the many achievements made possible by the Shuttle program.
Superimposed over the orbiter is an astronaut floating free in space using a Manned Maneuvering Unit (MMU). The MMU was first demonstrated in space on a Shuttle flight.
Over the Shuttle's payload bay is a silhouette of the Hubble Space Telescope. The Hubble was launched into space, placed in orbit, and serviced several times using the Space Shuttle.
Shown behind the Shuttle stack is the International Space Station (ISS), which was launched, assembled, and populated largely by Space Shuttle missions (together with Russian modules and vehicles).