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[b]Celebrating 50 Years Of Human Space Exploration[/b]
In 1961 two countries began what came to be known as the Space Race - the USSR and the USA. Its goal was to showcase to the world the technical prowess of each country. The results of the Space Race were advances in science, medicine, engineering and technology that benefited the entire world.
This emblem attempts to celebrate that achievement that sparked the imagination of people everywhere. Its focus is the outline of a human in a "space suit" arms outstretched as if to say "look what we have done. " The globe and laurel wreath are borrowed from the United Nations Emblem to illustrate that the exploration of space has been done to promote the peaceful benefit to humanity.
The three larger stars represent the three nations who have launched people into space. The other 29 stars represent the nationalities of the 500 people who have traveled into orbit from every continent on Earth.
It is my hope that the United Nations will adopt this emblem as the official logo for this worldwide achievement and that it will be unveiled to the world from space aboard the International Space Station in 2011.
[b]Celebrating 50 Years Of Americans In Space[/b]
In 1961 two countries began what came to be known as the Space Race - the USSR and the USA. Its goal was to showcase to the world the technical prowess of each country. On May 25, 1961 the American President challenged his nation to "land a man on the Moon and return him safely to Earth." That goal was met on July 24, 1969. The knowledge gained from that achievement led to learning how to "live and work in space" towards the goal of returning to the Moon to stay and one day explore the surface of Mars.
This emblem attempts to celebrate that achievement that sparked the imagination of people everywhere. The central elements are representations of our past and current achievements. The US Flag on the surface of the Moon and the International Space Station in orbit above the Earth. The Astronaut Symbol, representing every American who has flown in space connects the two achievements.
The emblems of every past "manned space program" from Project Mercury to the Space Shuttle surround the center paying tribute to the men and women who made those programs possible and a success. The seven star constellation "Aquila" which means "Eagle" honor the original seven Astronauts as well as the final crews of Challenger and Columbia. The three stars together in the upper left honor the crew of Apollo 1.
It is my hope that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration will adopt this emblem as the official logo for this achievement and that it will be unveiled to the world from space aboard the International Space Station in 2011.
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