I’m fascinated by NASA mission patch designs. My all time favorite is the STS-7. It was the second mission of the Space Shuttle Challenger. In the lower right portion of the design is an icon representing the four male astronauts and one female astronaut—Sally Ride. The image of Challenger is juxtaposed to the Earth’s blue atmospheric horizon. Seven stars keep watch while the crew deploys the robotic arm used by the orbiter to capture payloads. The arm is being maneuvered to form the number seven. Fantastic design.

From Wikipedia

STS-7 was NASA’s seventh Space Shuttle mission, and the second mission for the Space Shuttle Challenger. During the mission, Challenger deployed several satellites into orbit. The shuttle launched from Kennedy Space Center on June 18, 1983, and landed at Edwards Air Force Base on June 24, 1983. STS-7 carried Sally Ride, America’s first female astronaut.

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