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Robert Pearlman

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posted 11-24-2016 07:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
European Space Agency (ESA) release
Vita: Next Space Station Mission Name and Logo

ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli will be launched to the International Space Station next year for his third spaceflight. The name and logo for his mission were announced today [Nov. 24].

Vita stands for Vitality, Innovation, Technology and Ability and was chosen by Italy's ASI space agency, which is providing the mission through a barter agreement with NASA.

In Italian, "vita" means "life," reflecting the experiments that Paolo will run and the philosophical notion of living in outer space – one of the most inhospitable places for humans.


The mission's logo was developed by ESA together with ASI and Paolo.

The overall circle and blue shading evoke our planet, with the Third Paradise symbol by Italian artist Michelangelo Pistoletto linking the mission's main messages.

Three elements stand out: a strand of DNA as a symbol of life and science, a book as a symbol of culture and education, and Earth as a symbol of humanity.

The Third Paradise is a reformulation of the symbol for infinity. The two opposing ovals contain elements of the scientific and cultural activities Paolo will perform in space. Their meeting in the center represents the evolution of Earth and benefits for humankind.

The central shape of the symbol, together with the presence of the globe, can also be seen as an eye, giving an astronaut's perspective over our planet.

Reflecting Paolo's origins, the logo features the colors of the Italian flag.


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posted 11-25-2016 09:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Russian     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hard for embroidery! All these shades of blue colour at the background. For decals, no problems. Woven technology? Eager to see this patch!


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posted 04-24-2017 10:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Russian     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
No information about the patch? Maybe ESTEC knows whether it was produced?

carl walker

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posted 05-11-2017 07:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for carl walker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Unfortunately, the Vita patch will not be available for sale because we do not have a license agreement with ASI, the Italian space agency, for commercializing this joint mission patch. It is something we'd like to do, but not possible at this time, sorry.


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posted 05-02-2022 11:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dcfowler1   Click Here to Email dcfowler1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What about the Nespoli Vita patch? I do not recall this one being made yet.

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