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Octagonal crew patch for STS-70

STS-70 Crew Insignia

STS070-S-001 (March 1995) --- Designed by the crew members, the STS-70 crew patch depicts the space shuttle Discovery orbiting Earth in the vast blackness of space. The primary mission of deploying a NASA Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) is depicted by three gold stars. They represent the triad composed of spacecraft transmitting data to Earth through the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System (TDRSS). The stylized red, white and blue ribbon represents the American goal of linking space exploration to the advancement of all humankind. Surnames of the five astronaut crew members are spaced around the periphery of the patch. 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

Image Credit: NASA