The Crew

(STS115-S-002 - 8 November 2002) --- These six astronauts take a break from training to pose for the STS-115 crew portrait. Astronauts Brent W. Jett, Jr. (right) and Christopher J. Ferguson, commander and pilot, respectively, flank the mission insignia. The mission specialists are, from left to right, astronaut Heidemarie M. Stefanyshyn-Piper, Joseph R. (Joe) Tanner, Daniel C. Burbank, and Steven G. MacLean, who represents the Canadian Space Agency.


(JSC2002-02126 - 3 December 2002) --- Members of the STS-115 crew during an emergency egress training session in the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility at the Johnson Space Center (JSC).

STS-115 Patch History

(STS115-S-002 - 11 November 2002) --- This is the crew patch for the STS-115 mission, which will be the twelfth American (12A) assembly flight to the International Space Station (ISS), during which two solar panels will be installed. To reflect the nature of this mission, the patch depicts the two solar panels as a primary element, dramatically zooming out in perspective from a brilliant starburst of light over the horizon of the planet Earth and the ISS. The six bursting rays of light represent the crew bringing the essential power of the sun to the station through the installation of the panels. The mission number 115 and the crew names are proudly stated in a highly legible, bold typeface.

This patch was designed jointly by Graham Huber, Peter Hui, and Gigi Lui, of the York University / Sheridan College Joint Design program in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, under the guidance of Steven MacLean (CSA) and Don Newgren. (see below).

Steve MacLean

TORONTO, November 11, 2002 -- A team of York University students shared the spotlight with Canadian Space Agency astronaut Steve MacLean, and York President and Vice-Chancellor Lorna R. Marsden, as the designs for MacLean's personal patch and the patch to be worn by all crew members of the next Space Shuttle mission were unveiled today at York University.

The team of Graham Huber, Peter Hui and Gigi Lui are third-year students in the York/Sheridan Joint Program in Design. They were selected after MacLean, a York alumnus, approached students enrolled in a summer design course with the idea of designing both patches. The successful team's proposal was chosen from the student submissions.

Working closely with MacLean, the group fine-tuned their designs to the specifications of the Canadian Space Agency and NASA.

"We are extremely proud of the efforts of these outstanding design students. It is a wonderful opportunity for these talented designers to showcase their abilities, and is testament to the quality of this unique program that students are producing professional quality work for so important a purpose," said Marsden. "We are also grateful to Steve MacLean, one of York’s most distinguished alumni, who inspired these students as he has so many others."

(Above, left to right: Steve MacLean, Graham Huber, Gigi Lui and Peter Hui).

"Beyond the obvious thrill of it, this project has given me a chance to work collaboratively in a group and to learn about the responsibilities and expectations involved when working with a significant client," noted Huber. Lui added, "It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. How many designers can say their work is going to outer space?"

Design student Gigi Lui generated laughter when she talked about her childhood interest in space and the thrill she felt when helping design the two patches for MacLean to wear. "I felt that if I couldn’t go into space physically, at least my intellectual property could go," she quipped.

The students worked on the designs from June until the end of October. They had to fit their creative work around the rest of their full days, often beginning their designing after 11pm and not stopping until 4am. They spoke highly of MacLean and especially enjoyed the helpful suggestions he gave them.

For his part, MacLean was happy to work with the design team. He spoke jokingly of the patches he has been wearing on his spacesuit until now: "You can tell they are designed by an engineer. This time, I wanted more of an artistic patch to wear in my upcoming mission."

"I have thoroughly enjoyed working with these students on this project," MacLean said. "Any time you are able to couple professionalism with such enthusiasm, you clearly have a recipe for success."

STS-115 Payload patch

The STS-115 payload or increment patch.

Collecting STS-115

The randy Hunt versions of the STS-115 patches.

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