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Robert Pearlman
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posted 09-16-2009 02:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Click for high resolution. Credit: NASA
STS-131 mission patch

STS-131 will deliver research and science experiment equipment, including the window observational research facility (WORF) and the muscle atrophy research and exercise (MARE) system rack, new crew quarters and supplies to the International Space Station aboard the Multi-Purpose Logistics Module (MPLM) Leonardo carried in the shuttle's payload bay.

Alan "Dex" Pointdexter will command the mission, which is targeted to launch on the penultimate flight of Discovery in March 2010. James "Mash" Dutton will serve as pilot. The STS-131 mission specialists are Rick Mastracchio, Clay Anderson, Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger, Stephanie Wilson and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Naoko Yamazaki.

lucspace
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posted 09-16-2009 02:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for lucspace   Click Here to Email lucspace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow, anther striking and powerful design! And almost no red in a shuttle patch... an exception! Makes for a unique 'feel' to this one.

spaceman
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posted 09-16-2009 02:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceman   Click Here to Email spaceman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just when you think how can some of the earlier patch designs be improved on!
Excellent design. Any ideas at this early stage of the artists/designers involved?

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posted 09-16-2009 03:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ShuttleDiscovery   Click Here to Email ShuttleDiscovery     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This has to be my favourite shuttle patch yet!

teopze
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posted 09-16-2009 03:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for teopze   Click Here to Email teopze     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I normally don't like patches but this one ... it's great! Now, if I could only put my hands on a complimentary Robbins medallion.

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posted 09-16-2009 04:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Et-tu ShuttleDiscovery? Seriously though it's a great design. It reminds me of this... a couple of 126 drafts.

embangloy
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posted 09-16-2009 08:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for embangloy   Click Here to Email embangloy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Very classy, I like it!

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posted 09-17-2009 01:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaced out   Click Here to Email spaced out     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nice patch. Only problem is the STS-133 design I sent in to Tim shares a lot of similar elements... so bad news for my chances.

PowerCat
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posted 09-17-2009 05:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for PowerCat   Click Here to Email PowerCat     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Very good design. Interesting that the 131 patch came out before the 130 patch. Can't wait to see that one as well.

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posted 09-17-2009 12:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KAPTEC   Click Here to Email KAPTEC     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Very nice and elegant patch, really. (Erik, Tim, that ISS sounds also very familiar...)

Jacques van Oene
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posted 09-17-2009 01:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jacques van Oene     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well who made the artwork?

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benguttery
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posted 09-17-2009 03:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for benguttery   Click Here to Email benguttery     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by KSCartist:
...a couple of 126 drafts.
How do make your drafts? By hand sketches or electronically?

dogcrew5369
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posted 09-17-2009 03:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dogcrew5369   Click Here to Email dogcrew5369     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's about time for another round shuttle patch, especially one done this well. I love the two-tone blues-very vibrant together.

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posted 09-17-2009 03:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by benguttery:
How do make your drafts? By hand sketches or electronically?
When I have an idea for a patch I usually make a very rough sketch on paper just to get a sense of how I want to lay out the design elements. Then I make drafts like the above electronically.

I was asked once about what I do with those rough sketches - especially once the patch is complete. Some I've saved but most I have trashed.

I know, I know - I've never looked at my work as any kind of historical document. But remember I put thousands of dollars in baseball cards on the spokes of my bike when I was a kid.

GoesTo11
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posted 09-18-2009 10:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Another winner! If the yellow elements in the artwork are in fact going to be embroidered in gold, this could be one of the most striking patches in the history of the program...It kind of recalls the simpler, more elegant designs of the early years.

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posted 09-18-2009 04:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for NavySpaceFan   Click Here to Email NavySpaceFan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Like the Navy colors for this one! Very nice!

Robert Pearlman
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posted 09-18-2009 08:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NASA has now released the insignia and its official description:
The STS-131/19A crew patch highlights the space shuttle in the Rendezvous Pitch Maneuver (RPM). This maneuver is heavily photographed by the International Space Station (ISS) astronauts, and the photos are analyzed back on earth to clear the space shuttle's thermal protection system for re-entry. The RPM illustrates the teamwork and safety process behind each Space Shuttle launch.

In the space shuttle's cargo bay is the Multi-Purpose Logistics Module (MPLM), Leonardo, which is carrying several science racks, the last of the four crew quarters, and supplies for the ISS.

Out of view and directly behind the MPLM, is the Ammonia Tank Assembly (ATA) that will be used to replace the current ATA. This will take place during three Extra Vehicular Activities (EVAs).

The 51.6° space shuttle orbit is illustrated by the three gold bars of the astronaut symbol, and its elliptical wreath contains the orbit of the ISS.

The star atop the astronaut symbol is the dawning sun, which is spreading its early light across the Earth. The background star field contains seven stars, one for each crewmember; they are proud to represent the United States and Japan during this mission.

dogcrew5369
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posted 09-18-2009 10:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dogcrew5369   Click Here to Email dogcrew5369     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Could it be coincidence that the two-tone blue in the patch for Discovery's last flight honors the first flight of Discovery with a two-tone blue patch? Maybe not the same blues, but still blue. Blue and round. Might be that I'm partial to the 41D patch. Just a thought.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 09-18-2009 11:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
STS-131 is Discovery's penultimate, or second to last flight. Discovery's last flight will be STS-133, the last mission of the space shuttle program.

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posted 09-18-2009 11:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dogcrew5369   Click Here to Email dogcrew5369     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just realized Discovery's last flight is STS-133 moments after posting. I knew it, but forgot. Got ahead of myself on that thread. Thanks Robert for putting it straight. Sort of blows that idea out of the water I guess. To think of it STS-128 two-tones come closer to 41D colors than 131.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 12-07-2009 04:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
AB Emblem has announced they received approval for their STS-131 emblem and will begin shipping soon.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 01-13-2010 05:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The STS-131 crew was recently photographed wearing their patch (and in the case of Naoko Yamazaki, at right, her JAXA mission patch as well).

Robert Pearlman
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posted 02-16-2010 03:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here is the payload insignia (click on the image for high resolution):

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posted 02-16-2010 05:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dogcrew5369   Click Here to Email dogcrew5369     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Am I just ignorant, or does WORF mean what I think it means since the symbols look like Klingon? Am I dreaming or is this true? When are they bringing up the transporter?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 02-16-2010 05:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From NASA:
The Window Observational Research Facility (WORF) provides a facility for Earth science remote sensing instruments using the Destiny science window with the highest quality optics ever flown on a human-occupied spacecraft.
(But yes, that is Klingon on the payload insignia, in recognition of its acronym's shared connection to a certain Lt. Commander.)

Robert Pearlman
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posted 04-01-2010 11:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here's a view we don't often (if ever) see, via Clay Anderson's Twitter feed:
Adding the STS-131 patch to the Astro Van.

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posted 04-05-2010 06:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dogcrew5369   Click Here to Email dogcrew5369     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have noticed during STS-131 training that the crew were wearing a really nicely done cap which was embroidered with features from their patch. Does anyone know if you can get this cap or is it strictly made for the crew? I love these really cool caps.

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posted 04-10-2010 10:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Go4Launch   Click Here to Email Go4Launch     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That cap may have been made by Space Shirts on Merritt Island. I know they have done similar items before for shuttle crew members.

They call the versions of crew emblems you mention "simplified." I bought such a cap for STS-127 (and a 131 polo) from them while down there this past week for the launch. They are quite willing to do all sorts of great custom work for you and I highly recommend them.

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posted 05-01-2010 02:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Marwin2   Click Here to Email Marwin2     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Who is the STS-131 patch designer?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 05-01-2010 02:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From this article:
Among those other items in the OFK are hundreds of the STS-131 mission patch as designed by NASA artist Cindy Busch under the lead of Metcalf-Lindenburger...

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posted 05-02-2010 12:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Marwin2   Click Here to Email Marwin2     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you very much, Robert!

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