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Robert Pearlman
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posted 01-27-2014 03:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
ISS Expedition 44 mission patch

The International Space Station's (ISS) Expedition 44 begins with the scheduled undocking of Soyuz TMA-15M in May 2015. Three new crew members will arrive shortly thereafter on Soyuz TMA-17M.

ISS Expedition 44 will be led by cosmonaut Gennady Padalka. His crewmates, all of them flight engineers, include: cosmonauts Mikhail Korniyenko and Oleg Kononenko, NASA astronauts Scott Kelly and Kjell Lindgren and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Kimiya Yui.

Expedition 44 patch

The International Space Station is positioned in the foreground poised to study the Earth, Sun and cosmos that lie beyond.

Two members of the Expedition 44 crew will spend a full year on the ISS — providing valuable experience for future long duration missions to deep space. The 12 Earths represent the planet's position around the Sun over the course of that year.

Four of the Earths are silhouetted in sunlight representing the four month duration of Expedition 44. The nine stars in the background represent the nine individuals who will visit and work on the ISS during the course of the expedition, including the six-member crew, whose names are inscribed around the patch's border, and the three person Soyuz "taxi" crew.

The use of ellipses and circles throughout the patch reflect a theme of "completion" or "return," as investments made in the orbiting laboratory return benefit to the Earth and its inhabitants.

buckeyecal
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posted 01-27-2014 05:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for buckeyecal   Click Here to Email buckeyecal     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dude... that's a sweet patch!!!

GoesTo11
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posted 01-27-2014 07:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, very handsome indeed. Who is/are the artist(s)?

hoorenz
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posted 01-29-2014 07:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for hoorenz   Click Here to Email hoorenz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Posted a slightly larger version that I happened to have in my archives, on our Flickr page. I do not know who is the artist; all I know is that the design was arranged by Scott Kelly.

IconDesign29
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posted 01-29-2014 09:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for IconDesign29     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's an incredibly beautiful design!

It was designed here at JSC.

hoorenz
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posted 02-10-2014 01:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for hoorenz   Click Here to Email hoorenz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NASA has now released it.

KSCartist
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posted 02-11-2014 04:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I love how the artist conquered the challenge of depicting a one year increment. Beautiful patch!

QuiGon Grin
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posted 03-14-2014 09:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for QuiGon Grin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I guessing this is a case of something being right in front of your face and not being able to see it but the description states:
Four of the Earths are silhouetted in sunlight representing the four month duration of Expedition 44.
I don't see four. What am I missing?

Skyforce1
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posted 03-15-2014 12:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Skyforce1   Click Here to Email Skyforce1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The four versions of earth with the yellow band represent the four month mission duration of Expedition 44.

QuiGon Grin
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posted 03-15-2014 09:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for QuiGon Grin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ah ha! Thank you. I was looking at the "white light" and not the "yellow light". In all honesty I hadn't even noticed the yellow on the eastern most globe.

Overall a very striking design. Well done to all involved I its creation.

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