Axiom Space Releases Ax-3 Mission Patch
Mission patches are a symbolic expression of the mission objectives and a time-honored tradition dating back to the 1960s with the NASA Gemini program. They are designed and worn by the astronauts and people affiliated with each mission. Axiom Space continues the tradition with its commercial astronaut missions.
The Axiom Mission 3 (Ax-3) patch is shaped as a shield to illustrate strength and courage. The International Space Station (ISS) is centered and angled to be seen as aviator wings, symbolizing four astronauts piloting toward growth in low-Earth orbit (LEO) through the spirit of exploration and collaboration.
The Ax-3 crew is included at the forefront of the mission patch. The names of each crew member are seen in alphabetical order with flags of the countries they represent. The four stars next to the names represent the four European nations on the Ax-3 mission—Spain (Commander López-Alegría as a dual citizen of the U.S. and Spain), Türkiye, Italy, and Sweden.
The tiled Earth is shown with longitude and latitude lines to highlight the new frontier that the crew will explore and celebrate the power of bridging cultural divides to advance human knowledge and prosperity.
Located on the tiled Earth, toward the base of the patch, the number 100 denotes centennial milestones for Türkiye and Italy. Ax-3 will be a symbolic mission for Türkiye as the nation reflects on changes and progress made in the past century to advance economic development, education and technology, and the country's global influence, now in space. This year, on March 28, 2023, the Italian Air Force celebrated its centennial anniversary as one of the oldest air forces in the world. This mission will serve as an opportunity to celebrate the Italian Air Force's contribution to global security and stability.
The number 500 represents a jubilee year for Sweden as the country celebrated five centuries as an independent nation on June 6, 2023. The second Swedish ESA astronaut in history will fly to the space station during the Ax-3 mission, embodying opportunity and freedom to explore the unknown.
Located around the bottom edges of the patch, the mission's moto "Further, Beyond" is written in Latin (PLVS VLTRA).
Ax-3 is the third commercial astronaut mission to the ISS and will carry the first crew of all-European national astronauts. With this crew, Europe is taking a visionary, leadership role in the future of commercial space.
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