Posts: 33 From: Houston, TX USA Registered: Jun 2003
posted December 06, 2004 02:08 PM
I was wondering if anyone knows why the constellation of Orion appears on the Apollo Program Logo?
Posts: 168 From: W.Sussex United Kingdom Registered: May 2003
posted December 06, 2004 03:11 PM
I'm only guessing, but it may be some of the stars in the constellation were used as tracking stars for the on-board navigation checks?
Posts: 20 From: Houston, TX USA Registered: Oct 2004
posted January 03, 2005 06:05 PM
Based on other designs, NASA has always liked to use constellations on the patches that refelect the number of crewmembers involved -- e.g., the constellation Columba (the dove) was on the STS-107 patch -- the seven stars represent the STS mission crew members and "the original 7 astronauts who paved the way to make research in space possible". There may be a more symbolic connection to Orion (hunter for knowledge?), but I'll bet that the 3 belt stars primarily represent the 3 Apollo crew on each mission.