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[b]Expedition 31 patch description[/b]
The shape of the patch is a stylized representation of an oblique view of our galaxy. The background is black in colour, to represent the expanse of deep space. It also symbolizes the research into dark matter, one of the scientific objectives of Expedition 31.
At the heart of the patch are the Earth, the Moon and Mars, our home in the galaxy and the focus of current and future exploration.
The completed complex of the International Space Station features at the top of half an orbit around the Earth, for the half-year expedition aboard the station. Brightly coloured, it signals the pride of the accomplishment of building this unique international facility.
A collection of stars completes the orbit. The three large stars are for the Expedition 31 crew; the smaller ones represent the Expedition 30 crew that took up residence aboard the ISS before them.
A number of small stars, represented by dots, symbolize the visiting vehicles that will dock with the orbital complex during
Thin crescents along the horizons of Earth and moon, and along the orbit, depict the number of this ISS expedition: 31.
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