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The first astronauts set to launch on Boeing's new Starliner spacecraft now have a mission patch to represent their flight.
Chris Ferguson, Boeing's first commercial astronaut, recently shared with his team the emblem that he and his two crewmates will wear for the Starliner's Crew Flight Test (CFT). Ferguson also revealed the insignia for the test flights that will precede the CFT launch.
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Boeing provided collectSPACE.com with images and excerpts from Ferguson's email.
"Nicole, Mike, Eric Boe and I worked with Starliner employees from across the country to develop a patch that pays homage to the national importance of the Starliner program," wrote Ferguson, referencing his crewmates, NASA astronauts Nicole Mann and Mike Fincke, as well as Boe, who Fincke replaced on the CFT crew due to unspecified medical reasons.
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The CFT mission patch depicts the Starliner spacecraft approaching its first destination, the International Space Station. Earlier this year, NASA and Boeing agreed to extend the CFT mission to a long duration stay at the orbiting lab. Ferguson, Mann and Fincke will join the space station's resident expedition crew in conducting science research and performing maintenance duties.
"Our strong partnership with the U.S. space agency is seen through the patch's red, white and blue color palette. The red vector coming off the sides of the spacecraft represents NASA's insignia, known as the 'meatball,' as a symbol of our collaboration," wrote Ferguson, who as a prior NASA astronaut flew on three missions, including leading the final flight of the space shuttle program in 2011.
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The Starliner is shown on the patch rising above a blue Earth. A yellow sunburst that follows the curvature of the planet represents the "dawn of a new era in human spaceflight with the first orbital flight of a crewed commercial spacecraft."
The crew's names, "NASA," the Boeing logo and the emblem's other design...
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