Explain the significance of the design of the STS-124 crew patch.?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    My sister-in-law works as a graphic design artist for NASA. She is in the space station graphics department and is one of the ones responsible for the flight patches. I will ask her and come back and edit my answer.

    ==========Answer from a NASA employee=======

    See below for the description from the back of the official STS-124 patch decal, as written by the STS-124 crew. The public misison Web site (including crew min-bios) is http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlem... -

    We are always glad to help encourage our up-and-coming astronauts, engineers and scientists!

    STS-124 Patch Description:

    The STS-124/1J patch depicts the Space Shuttle Discovery docked with the International Space Station (ISS). STS-124/1J is dedicated to delivering and installing the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) known as Kibo (Hope) to the ISS. The significance of the mission and the Japanese contribution to the ISS is recognized by the Japanese flag depicted on the JEM Pressurized Module and the word Kibo written in Japanese at the bottom of the patch. The view of the sun shining down upon the Earth represents the increased “hope” that the entire world will benefit from the JEM’s scientific discoveries.


  • 1 decade ago

    "The STS-124 patch depicts the shuttle docked with the space station. The significance of the mission and the Japanese contribution to the station is recognized by the Japanese flag depicted on the Pressurized Module and the word Kibo written in Japanese at the bottom of the patch. The view of the sun shining down upon the Earth represents the increased "hope" that the entire world will benefit from the module's scientific discoveries."

    Kibo (which means "hope" in English) is the name of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's science laboratory module. STS-124 is delivering the largest component of Kibo to the ISS on this flight, the Japanese Pressurized Module (which is roughly the size of a large bus) as well as the module's robotic arm system. The mission patch reflects that along with the symbolism described above.

    Source(s): NASA, STS-124 Fact Sheet
  • Mark K
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    1 decade ago

    Navy Cmdr. Mark E. Kelly will command the STS-124 shuttle mission to deliver the Pressurized Module and robotic arm of the Japanese Experiment Module, known as "Kibo" (hope), to the International Space Station. Navy Cmdr. Kenneth T. Ham will serve as the pilot. Mission specialists will include NASA astronauts Karen L. Nyberg; Air Force Col. Ronald J. Garan Jr.; and Air Force Reserve Col. Michael E. Fossum. Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Akihiko Hoshide also will serve as a mission specialist.

    Navy Cmdr. Stephen G. Bowen was previously named to the STS-124 crew but has been reassigned to STS-126. The change allows room for the STS-124 mission to rotate a space station resident.

    Astronaut Gregory E. Chamitoff is scheduled to fly to the station as a mission specialist on STS-124. He will take Astronaut Garrett E. Reisman's place as an Expedition 17 flight engineer and return to Earth on shuttle mission STS-126.

    The STS-124 mission is the second of three flights that will launch components to complete the Kibo laboratory. The mission will include two spacewalks to install the new lab and its remote manipulator system. The lab's logistics module, which will have been installed in a temporary location during STS-123, will be attached to the new lab.

    STS-124 is the 26th shuttle mission to the International Space Station.

  • 4 years ago

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