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[i]It is in the shape of the 'torch of knowledge' and it's taken right off the crew patch. This is to symbolize NASA's drive for discovery. It also represents the NASA educator astronaut corps within the astronaut group and also Barbara Morgan, flying on her flight.
You can see the apple at the base of the torch, and that's in memory of our first teacher in space, Christa McAuliffe.
The words along the torch handle, "Utilization" and "Logistics" represent the outfitting of the ISS as we continue to grow. Together they represent the SPACEHAB module that is being used to transfer all of this hardware. Being along the handle, they kind of represent also the support structure to the mission since 13A.1 has always been viewed as a resupply and science mission, even though we will also be adding to the assembly of ISS.
The ESP-3 is at top and bolded showing its significance for the ORUs we are flying to resupply failures on orbit and also carrying up the CMG.
Then you have our designation, 13A.1 and the three large stars you see represent the expedition crew members, two Russians and one American crew member.
The space station symbol is again taken from the flight crew patch and it's flying above the Earth, and prominent in the image is the S5 area, where we will be installing that S5 truss to continue the assembly of ISS.
The remaining stars in the sky represent the shuttle crew members involved with the mission.
Finally, the Moon and Mars at the top left of the patch represent NASA's future goals as we learn from our experiences here in low Earth orbit.[/i]
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