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Robert Pearlman
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posted 01-10-2009 02:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Astronaut Wakata is to travel to the International Space Station (ISS) on the STS-119, 15A mission, and stay there as a flight engineer for the Expedition 18/19 crew. He will also serve as the JAXA Science Officer to conduct scientific experiments and other missions. Wakata will also engage in installing the "Exposed Facility" and the "Experiment Logistics Module Exposed Section" of the "Kibo," the Japanese Experiment Module, which are to be transported on the STS-127, 2J/A mission.

The logo mark image represents the dawn of the new Japanese space development era that begins by his extended stay on the International Space Station. It is decorated by three words that symbolize Astronaut Wakata's thoughts on space: "Dream" (space is a place to provide us with dreams.) "Inquiring mind" (to apply your knowledge to technology.) and "Consideration" (teamwork is imperative for space development missions.) (Source: JAXA)

Koichi Wakata recently spoke with collectSPACE about the insignia, crediting JAXA's public affairs staff with the design.
I gave them the request to put a big space station and two components that I will be part of the assembly: the Kibo module and also the S6 truss.

And those three words that I really liked: the first one is 'Dream', and 'Curiosity' and then the third one is 'Consideration' for others.

I think those components are something that I felt very important working in this business for the last 16 years. Working with so many people in the astronaut corps, and the operations team, and together with Russians, Europeans, Japanese, Canadians.

This is something I always cherish and I would like to continue to cherish that's why I asked them to put those three words and they were nice enough to do that for me.

garymilgrom
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posted 01-10-2009 09:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Very nice. I assume the red dot near the name signifies Japan. Any idea what the 8 stars or the movie-reel-like circular graphic mean?

NavySpaceFan
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posted 01-10-2009 10:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for NavySpaceFan   Click Here to Email NavySpaceFan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by garymilgrom:
Any idea what the 8 stars or the movie-reel-like circular graphic mean?
I'm thinking the red dot is Mars with the grey circle the Moon.

ShuttleDiscovery
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posted 01-10-2009 03:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ShuttleDiscovery     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I really like that patch!

86horn
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posted 01-12-2009 05:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 86horn   Click Here to Email 86horn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So where can I get one?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 01-12-2009 08:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by 86horn:
So where can I get one?
JAXA has yet to produce patches, even one for Wakata to wear on launch day.

ShuttleDiscovery
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posted 01-14-2009 11:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ShuttleDiscovery     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by 86horn:
So where can I get one?

It's often very hard to get JAXA patches. Even at Tanegashima Space Center they didn't have any Kibo patches I was looking for.

328KF
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posted 01-14-2009 12:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 328KF   Click Here to Email 328KF     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Remember back when each mission only had ONE patch?

Now we've got the shuttle/Soyuz launch, EXP, individual crewmembers, and yes, even the ISS toilet has a patch...anyone want that one for their collection?

I do like this design, though!

embangloy
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posted 01-15-2009 04:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for embangloy   Click Here to Email embangloy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by 328KF:
Remember back when each mission only had ONE patch?

Yeah, I really like this patch too, however, some patches over the years seem a bit redundant.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 03-13-2009 07:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For visual reference, here is the embroidered patch as produced for JAXA:

embangloy
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posted 03-13-2009 10:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for embangloy   Click Here to Email embangloy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am not a big collector on personal patches, but I really like the color scheme and design on this one. Will this one be made available to the public for purchase?

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