April 1, 2014
(August 2010) --- The Expedition 27 patch depicts the International Space Station (ISS) prominently orbiting Earth, continuing its mission for science, technology and education. The ISS is an ever-present reminder of the cooperation between the United States, Russia, Japan, Canada, and the European Space Agency (ESA) -- and of the scientific, technical, and cultural achievements that have resulted from that unique teamwork. The ISS is shown in its completed status with the latest addition of the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS), and with two resupply vehicles docked at each end of the station. The Southern Cross Constellation is also show in the foreground and its five stars, along with the sun, symbolize the six international crew members that live and work on the space station. The Southern Cross is one of the smallest modern constellations, and also one of the most distinctive. It has cultural significance all over the world and inspires teams to push the boundaries of their worlds, both in space and on the ground. The NASA insignia design for shuttle and space station flights is reserved for use by the astronauts and for other official use as the NASA Administrator may authorize. Public availability has been approved only in the form of illustrations by the various news media. When and if there is any change in this policy, which is not anticipated, it will be publicly announced.
Topics: Manned spacecraft, Human spaceflight, Spaceflight, Scientific research on the International Space Station, Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, Expedition 27, International Space Station program, Space stations, International Space Station, Space Shuttle program