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Robert Pearlman
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posted 11-08-2013 08:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
ISS Expedition 37.5 insignia

To support flying the 2014 Sochi Olympics torch to the International Space Station, the launch of Soyuz TMA-11M was advanced to occur before the departure of Soyuz TMA-09M, leading to Expedition 37 briefly increasing to include nine crewmembers. This ISS "Expedition 37.5" crew will end with the start of Expedition 38 after only five days.

To recognize this event and celebrate the orbital Olympic torch relay, artist Blake Dumesnil worked with Expedition 38 flight engineers Mike Hopkins and Rick Mastracchio to design an "official unofficial" patch.

"It is not an official mission, but more of an acknowledgement of a unique handover between crews," Dumesnil described on Facebook. "The crew requested this for a couple of reasons: to acknowledge all nine crew members that will be aboard the ISS for the next week and the milestone leg of the 2014 Winter Olympic Torch Relay."

Robert Pearlman
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posted 11-08-2013 08:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Expedition 37.5 "official unofficial" patch could be seen hung over the hatch during the Soyuz TMA-11M crew arrival family conference:

According to Blake, this design was done strictly for the crew only. The image of the Olympic torch is trademarked, so any reproductions would be in violation.

MSS
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posted 11-16-2013 12:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MSS   Click Here to Email MSS     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here are two photos from Nov. 8, 2013 with much patches on the first 9-member ISS crew astronauts chests:

hoorenz
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posted 12-04-2013 03:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for hoorenz   Click Here to Email hoorenz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The patch Fyodor took with him back to Earth (it was photographed under a slight angle, so the proportions might be not entirely accurate).

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