The design depicts a stylized shuttle launch. The black background represents the unknown. It stands in contrast to the Shuttle and its fiery golden-white exhaust, and the pale-gray and white billows of steam at the bottom of the design. The Shuttle is white and black, with contrasting touches of color in the dull-orange External Tank and the red and blue of the US flag. The shuttle is escaping through the boundary of the circle shape, representing the Earth. The words "Space Shuttle 1981-2010" are written around the upper edge.