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|hoorenz||As seen on Ron Garan's Twitter: first glimpse of the Expedition 27 patch. This is the simplified shirt version. |
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Expedition 27 marks the International Space Station's (ISS) 27th long duration mission.
Expedition 27 begins with Soyuz TMA-01M undocking in March 2011. Three new crew members will arrive shortly thereafter on TMA-21.
- NASA astronauts Catherine "Cady" Coleman and Ron Garan
- Roscosmos cosmonauts Dmitri Kondratyev, Andrey Borisenko and Alexander Samokutyaev
- European Space Agency astronaut Paolo Nespoli
|jasonelam||What would be the significance to the five stars in the left part of the patch? Why is one smaller than the rest?|
|KAPTEC||It is the Crux (Southern Cross). First time ever in a patch. Tim could answer you why one of the two golden stars is bigger than the other... |
|KSCartist||It's the Southern Cross constellation as it appears in the sky - four major stars and one small one. It was Jorge's idea so he gets the credit for the suggestion.|
CDR Kondratyev liked the idea of a southern hemisphere constellation as opposed to "Orion" or the "Big Dipper" which have been depicted a number of times.
The white stars represent the two three-person Soyuz crews and the two gold stars represent the artists. A signature we've used more than once.
|NavySpaceFan||Tim and Jorge strike again! Beautiful, well done gentlemen!|
|jasonelam||Great work! Another beautiful patch! |
|Tom||Tim / Jorge... congratulations again! Another outstanding job!|
|hoorenz||The embroidered AB Emblem patch. |
|robsouth||Am liking this patch, the red border with the black interior works well and the station itself looks very impressive. |
Putting the 'International Space Station' in gold letters is also a nice touch. Probably the best space station patch yet.
Oh and including the Southern Cross is inspired, Go Aussie!