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Robert Pearlman

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posted 06-16-2023 10:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Marcus Wandt, who in November 2022 was selected by the European Space Agency (ESA) as a member of its astronaut reserve corps, has been put forward by ESA and the Swedish Space Agency to fly on a future Axiom Space commercial mission.

On Friday (June 16), a press conference was held, which included the reveal of Wandt's ESA mission patch and mission name.

European Space Agency (ESA) release

Muninn mission patch and name

ESA project astronaut Marcus Wandt's first mission to space, Muninn, takes its name from Norse mythology and the two raven accomplices of the god Odin — Muninn and Huginn. Together, the two symbolise the human mind. Huginn is the name of ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen's Space Station mission.

According to the myth, the ravens serve as messengers and advisors to their god, sharing all they see and hear. Muninn comes from the Old Norse word munr, that can be translated as passion and emotion, linking to Marcus's enthusiasm for spaceflight.

Muninn is depicted gliding around Earth to share the knowledge collected from Marcus's mission. The dark blue circle represents Earth and includes lighter lines depicting Marcus's homeland, Sweden. The patch displays the two colours of the Swedish flag – blue and yellow.

The two white stripes next to Muninn's upper wing refer to the distinctive solar arrays of a space station, Marcus's future home in space.

Ten stars adorning the sky form a constellation that resembles the Viking symbol for protection. The stars also remind Marcus of the beauty of snowflakes in cold winter days in Sweden.

The lines originating from Muninn's lower wing reference supersonic shock waves from jets, Marcus's is a test pilot for the Swedish Air Force.

carl walker

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posted 06-16-2023 02:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for carl walker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Patch designed by ESA's K. Lochtenberg.

Jacques van Oene

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posted 01-12-2024 11:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jacques van Oene     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The embroidered patch:

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