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Robert Pearlman
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posted 09-18-2009 07:55 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-130 mission patch

The STS-130 patch was designed by the crew to reflect both the objectives of the mission and its place in the history of human spaceflight.

The main goal of the mission is to deliver Node 3 and the Cupola to the International Space Station (ISS). Node 3, named Tranquility, will contain life support systems enabling continued human presence in orbit aboard the ISS.

The shape of the patch represents the Cupola, which is the windowed robotics viewing station, from which astronauts will have the opportunity not only to monitor a variety of ISS operations, but also to study our home planet.

The image of Earth depicted in the patch is the first photograph of the Earth taken from the moon by Lunar Orbiter I on August 23, 1966. As both a past and a future destination for explorers from the planet Earth, the moon is thus represented symbolically in the STS-130 patch.

The space shuttle Endeavour is pictured approaching the ISS, symbolizing the space shuttle's role as the prime construction vehicle for the ISS.

George Zamka will command the mission, which is targeted to launch on the penultimate flight of Endeavour in February 2010. Terry Virts will serve as pilot. The STS-130 mission specialists are Bob Behnken, Kay Hire, Nick Patrick and Steve Robinson.

Delta7
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posted 09-18-2009 08:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Delta7   Click Here to Email Delta7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I love this patch!

pargoo
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posted 09-18-2009 09:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for pargoo   Click Here to Email pargoo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Me too! I though the STS-131 was a little too 'busy', especially with the ISS at the bottom, but this rocks.

OV-105
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posted 09-18-2009 09:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for OV-105   Click Here to Email OV-105     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The decal will be great, but I am not to sure how good the Earth will look in the embroidered patch.

dogcrew5369
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posted 09-18-2009 10:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dogcrew5369   Click Here to Email dogcrew5369     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
One of the few patches without the Astronaut symbol involved. I love the symbol, but over-used. Great utilization of the cupola into the patch. Two nagging questions: Why does the swoosh seem to often be yellow and what does the red border signify?

Marwin2
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posted 09-19-2009 04:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Marwin2   Click Here to Email Marwin2     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great patch!

PowerCat
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posted 09-19-2009 05:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for PowerCat   Click Here to Email PowerCat     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great looking patch. I love the Cupola module theme in the design.

teopze
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posted 09-19-2009 05:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for teopze   Click Here to Email teopze     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Interesting design but I don't like it so much, the Cupola module is too dominant to my taste.

KSCartist
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posted 09-19-2009 06:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's a great patch! I believe Steve Robinson (a fine artist in his own right) was the patch coordinator for this one. The crew came together to design this and as was explained to me - you really couldn't avoid the geometry of the Cupola.

It's such a unique shape and will very easily become THE place to go when you want to look out the window.

Greggy_D
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posted 09-19-2009 07:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Greggy_D   Click Here to Email Greggy_D     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Looks like a Tie Fighter window.

spaced out
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posted 09-19-2009 08:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaced out   Click Here to Email spaced out     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You would have thought they'd keep the window shut to keep out those pesky mini-Shuttles.

embangloy
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posted 09-19-2009 12:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for embangloy   Click Here to Email embangloy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by dogcrew5369:
...what does the red border signify?
I'll take a shot at it. I can assume that the red border around the blue shuttle could have some significance to Col. Zamka being a Marine (I thought of the blue trousers with the blood stripe down the side). Also, Col. Zamka's last mission had a protruding shuttle silhouette as well.

I guess that's the Marine coming out of me and having a bias opinion on this.

Please correct me if I am wrong. Semper Fi.

KAPTEC
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posted 09-20-2009 09:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for KAPTEC   Click Here to Email KAPTEC     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It seems that Tim and I were too near this time... (Sent to the crew on Dec. 2008)

Philip
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posted 09-20-2009 10:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have designed a few beautiful patches and always tried to get as many as possible useful data and heraldics into the designs.

Looking back at all STS-missions' patches I really miss an indication to which orbiter was used for each mission. Of course mission patches were made in advance and hardware could be changed just a few weeks before launch so it was difficult to include orbiter info in the STS patches...

dogcrew5369
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posted 09-20-2009 12:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dogcrew5369   Click Here to Email dogcrew5369     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It would have been neat to have shown the Lunar Orbiter craft that took the photo flying with the shuttle in the same sense as STS-51G with the Wright flyer.

GoesTo11
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posted 09-21-2009 10:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Meh. Like the concept, lukewarm on the execution. Using the cupola window and view as the primary element is a great idea, but the orbiter depiction is just "blah." Some stars in the background would have been good as well, just to give the design more depth.

This from a guy whose most common complaint about patch designs is that there's too MUCH going on...I'm never satisfied

dogcrew5369
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posted 09-22-2009 10:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dogcrew5369   Click Here to Email dogcrew5369     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Greggy_D:
Looks like a Tie Fighter window.
Maybe they could replace the shuttle with an X-wing fighter and dress the crew in stormtrooper uniforms for launch.

spaceman
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posted 12-02-2009 06:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceman   Click Here to Email spaceman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here is the payload insignia (click on the image for high resolution):

rasorenson
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posted 12-02-2009 10:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rasorenson   Click Here to Email rasorenson     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for posting the STS-130 mission/payload insignia. Does anyone know where patches of these designs can be purchased?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 12-02-2009 11:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The STS-130 patch has not yet been officially released, in so much that AB Emblem has not begun shipping it. After they do, it should be available through any number of NASA visitor center and space memorabilia specialty shops.

There are other companies that produce patches which may have the STS-130 patch available sooner (or now), but depending on your collecting preferences, only the AB Emblem version can be considered official.

According to those who work in payload processing, while a small set of embroidered payload patches are created for the team, they are not made available commercially.

Again, the same situation may exist as with the mission patch, where unauthorized replicas are produced, but in general the payload (or ISS increment) emblem is not intended for commercial sale.

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-130 emblem and will begin shipping soon.

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posted 02-10-2010 11:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Marwin2   Click Here to Email Marwin2     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Who is the STS-130 patch designer?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 02-10-2010 11:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Steve Robinson and Nick Patrick. For the story behind the patch, see our article.
Robinson came up with the idea for the patch as he was working in mission control the day after being assigned to Endeavour's crew...

Robert Pearlman
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posted 02-10-2010 01:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As Tranquility Node 3 and the adjoining Cupola was built by the European Space Agency, ESA has its own emblem for the STS-130 mission's payload.

According to an ESA spokesperson, patches were produced in limited quantity for team members.

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posted 02-10-2010 01:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SPACEFACTS   Click Here to Email SPACEFACTS     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is there a hi-res version of this logo at an ESA page?

Jacques van Oene
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Here is the ESA description of the Node 3 patch:
The ESA Node-3/Cupola payload patch was designed by ESA's Human Spaceflight Directorate, and shows Node-3 and Cupola in their final configurations attached to the ISS after the launch of STS-130 on the Space Shuttle Endeavour. The structure of the ISS is outlined in the background, and a completed ISS is shown in blue in the foreground. Earth is positioned with Europe clearly visible, and one of the ISS solar panels points to Italy, home to the prime contractor for building both Node-3 and Cupola. The six stars represent the six areas of contribution from Europe to ISS hardware (the Columbus laboratory, Nodes-2 and -3, the Automated Transfer Vehicles, the European Robotic Arm, the Data Management System (DMS-R) and the Cupola observation module).

tncmaxq
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posted 02-13-2010 06:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tncmaxq   Click Here to Email tncmaxq     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Anyone have a source on getting the 3/4" sized lapel pins with mission insignias? The 1" ones are easy to find but I always liked the smaller ones too. Seems almost impossible to find them but I have seen them at Space Shirts in Merritt Island.

I was so glad to get one with the 130 insignia and now it looks like I lost it.

Might have left it behind in my hotel or in the rental car. Hoping I can order another one from Space Shirts. Don't know why they are the only ones who carry them though. If anyone knows where I can get the smaller ones, let me know.

Robert Pearlman
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quote:
Originally posted by tncmaxq:
Don't know why they are the only ones who carry them though.
NASA's official lapel pin supplier is Winco International, which produces the 1" pin for NASA, Boeing, United Space Alliance and other contractors (at least Boeing and USA have custom orders with their respective logo on the reverse rather than 'NASA' which is also sold to the public).

The smaller pins are likely the product of a souvenir manufacturer, which explains their limited availability.

(Since STS-122, AB Emblem has also produced mission pins, usually slightly larger than Winco's -- their STS-130 pin is about a quarter-inch larger -- and they may have some smaller NASA contracts, but Winco remains the pin flown in space and used by the crew and mission team members.)

You should be able to order a replacement from Space Shirts through their website.

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