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STS-59 crew patch

STS-59 crew insignia

STS059-S-001 (November 1993) --- Designed by the crew members, the STS-59 insignia is dominated by Earth, reflecting the focus of the first Space Radar Laboratory (SRL-1) mission upon our planet's surface and atmosphere. The golden symbol of the astronaut corps emblem sweeps over Earth's surface from the space shuttle Endeavour, representing the operation of the SIR-C/Synthetic Aperture Radar (X-SAR) and the Measurement of Air Pollution from Space (MAPS) sensors. The astronaut emblem also signals the importance of the human element in space exploration and in the study of our planet. Using the unique vantage point of space, Endeavour and its crew -- along with scientists from around the world -- will study Earth and its environment. The starfield visible below Earth represents the many talents and skills of the international (SRL-1) team in working to make this "Mission to Planet Earth" (MTPE) a scientific and operational success. The NASA insignia design for space shuttle 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 forms of illustrations by the various news media. When and if there is any change in this policy, which is not anticipated, the change will be publicly announced. Photo credit: NASA