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Robert Pearlman
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posted 10-28-2008 03:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For his first mission in 1996, Canadian Space Agency astronaut Robert Thirsk and his crewmates on STS-78 worked with Tsimshian Indian artist Bill Helin to design both his personal patch (right) and the mission insignia (right).

Now, as Thirsk prepares to return to space in May 2009 as the first Canadian to launch on a Russian Soyuz (TMA-15) and the first to serve as part of a long duration space station crew (ISS Expedition 19), he has once again collaborated with Helin to design his personal patch.

As described in videos posted on his website (as captured above) and in an interview with the Oceanside Star, Helin incorporates a thunderbird as the central image for the new crest.

Thirsk suggested the powerful thunderbird as the centrepiece, which fits in well with Helin's own background as a Tsimshian native artist. The feathers and wings represent the men and women in the space program (which includes Japanese and Europeans).

The sun in the bird's heart was also in the original patch, providing continuity, and inside the stomach is an open book, speaking to the knowledge to be learned from the mission.

"The bear symbol is symbolic of the Russian involvement," Helin said, while the fluke on the bird's head stands for the Canadarm. The raven and moon symbolize future stations on the moon.

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posted 02-14-2009 07:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for hoorenz   Click Here to Email hoorenz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The patch will be officially revealed on February 17th.
...the Space Agency will be holding a press conference with Bob at the University of Calgary in Calgary Alberta at 10 a.m. Feb. 17th. Not sure who will be covering it in the open media but there will be a live broad cast on the internet at broadcastlive.ca

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posted 02-17-2009 12:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for hoorenz   Click Here to Email hoorenz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The patch was adjusted just a little bit from the original design.

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posted 02-18-2009 05:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for robsouth     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When I decided to get a tattoo done on my back I looked around for something that appealed to me. In the end I decided to take the patch from this mission along and had the tattoo done in the same design as the sun on it.

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posted 03-12-2009 07:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Cropped from JSC2009-E-049947

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posted 03-16-2009 11:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Canadian Space Agency has released the description of the patch:
Robert (Bob) Thirsk First Canadian Expedition Crest

This patch commemorates Canada's first long duration Expedition onboard the International Space Station (ISS). Canadian Space Agency astronaut Dr. Robert Thirsk will live and work in the Station for six months. Robert is an admirer of Pacific Northwest Indigenous art, and is honoured that Bill Helin, a renowned Tsimshian artist has accepted to portray his mission through the use of several of its mythical figures.

The International Space Station has now become the largest and most powerful spacecraft in history. As viewed from above, the ISS resembles a great soaring bird. The legendary Thunderbird is a creature of great power and strength and is featured as the central element of this patch design. It resembles the near-complete Station during the mid-2009 timeframe.

Several of the structural components of the International Space Station are abstractly depicted by anatomical elements of the Thunderbird. The Space Station's eight solar arrays are depicted by the outermost large feathers of the Thunderbird's great outstretched wings. The inner triplets of smaller feathers represent the thermal radiators that provide cooling to the Station's onboard systems and astronaut inhabitants. The head and beak represent the modules of the Japanese and European partners. Canada's contributions to the international partnership, the ISS robotic manipulators, are represented by the curled appendages on the back of the head. The blue ovoid of the Thunderbird's eye indicates the location of the Node 2 docking port, where the new Japanese cargo vehicle, HTV, will be berthed with the aid of Canadarm2.

Human faces adorn each wing. These faces are identical in form and kinship. One face symbolizes the astronaut crew in orbit, while the other symbolizes the large support team on Earth. The two faces gaze with trust and respect at one another in their common pursuit of the Expedition objectives. This unique partnership between the crew and the ground support team is the basis of the first Canadian Expedition.

A bear head is stylistically depicted within the tail of the Thunderbird and signifies the Russian portion of the Station. The tail feathers identify the four Russian modules including the MRM2 module that will be added to the Station in late 2009. The Thunderbird's two claws are outstretched and symbolize they are ready to grasp the American, Russian and Japanese spacecraft that will dock with the Station during the Increment 20/21 timeframe.

The torso of the Thunderbird represents the American Laboratory as well as the laboratories of the partner nations. The ribs represent the research racks and experiment facilities - the settings for innovative research in science, engineering and medicine. The knowledge gained from the onboard research activities during Increments 20 and 21 will benefit people on Earth.

A radiating Sun occupies the position of the heart within the Thunderbird's torso. As the most important aboriginal symbol of life, the Sun represents the enhanced life support system, which now provides the Station with the capability to support a crew of six astronauts.

The silver outline of the Thunderbird recalls the glistening exterior of the Station when sunlight sparkles off of its aluminum structure. The golden yellow and brown of the wings are similar in the coloration to the Station's solar arrays.

The head of a Raven is depicted within the Moon. In its partially-open beak is a sun disk. It was the cunning Raven, according to Northwest Coast native legend, who stole the sun from a box in a powerful chief's house many years ago and flung it into the sky to bring light to the world for the first time.

While the Thunderbird is revered as the chief of Earth's skies, he has the heart of an explorer. His gaze is directed toward the Moon. He yearns to explore new destinations in space and to undertake new adventures. Similarly the first Canadian Expedition aboard the International Space Station rekindles a national spirit of exploration. Our enhanced abilities to live and work in space will enable Canada to participate with other nations in the exploration of future destinations in space.

This patch was designed by Tsimshian artist, Bill Helin, a friend and supporter of the Canadian space program.

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posted 03-16-2009 12:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for hoorenz   Click Here to Email hoorenz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The description of the patch is longer than the entire mission.

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posted 03-16-2009 02:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Voyager1975   Click Here to Email Voyager1975     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So will this patch ever be available to the general public?

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posted 06-14-2009 12:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here is a scan of the embroidered patch:

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posted 06-23-2009 07:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for BMckay   Click Here to Email BMckay     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have yet to see the patch in person but the decal is cool. Well worth it. Great job by Bob Thirsk and Bill Helin.

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posted 06-23-2009 07:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for hoorenz   Click Here to Email hoorenz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The decal has lots of shiny silver in it.

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posted 06-23-2009 10:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Voyager1975   Click Here to Email Voyager1975     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Where can we get the decal or the patch?

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posted 09-02-2009 05:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for BMckay   Click Here to Email BMckay     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I like the patches that I have. I think they look better in person then they do on scans. Colors like the blue and gold come out great.

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