Shenzhou-12


The Shenzhou-12 spacecraft launched the first three-taikonaut crew to the China Space Station on June 17, 2021. The overall shape of the Shenzhou 12 manned mission logo uses a circle to express the traditional Chinese concept of "a place with a round sky ". The color is mainly red and blue. Red represents Chinese red and the passion of space exploration, and blue symbolizes the vast universe and scientific exploration. The core element is the number " 12 " formed by the combination of the Chinese " dragon " and the red banner . The three dragons appear in an overlapping state, from near to far, with a sense of integrity and unity. The "space station", "astronaut out of the cabin" and "robotic arm" elements represent parts of the mission of the Shenzhou XII spacecraft . The background is deep space, and the surrounding stars symbolize the astronauts who performed previous missions, the logo of China's Manned Spaceflight Agency, and the part of the Earth showing the location of China. The olive leaf symbolizes China's policy of peaceful development.



In July 2021 the China National Philatelic Co. released a souvenir version depicting the official art for the design, which differs slightly from the patch worn by the crew.
Crew-3


Crew Dragon with the Crew 3 will launch to ISS on October 23, 2021.
Soyuz MS-18


The Soyuz MS-18 crew patch prominently displays the spacecraft on a shield-shaped background. The spacecraft designation, the crew members names and the Roscosmos logo fill the top of the patch design. Blue and purple rays make up most of the background, symbolising the depths of the cosmos and the far reaches cosmonautics sets its sights on, both in science and in future destinations. Three yellow stars represent the three members of the crew. Soyuz’s orbital target, the International Space Station is depicted as a silver silhouette. The lower end of the design is occupied by the Kazabek mountain, representing the call-sign of this mission. The patch border displays the flag of Belarus at the top for commander Novitski’s nation of birth, the flag of the Russian Khabarovsk territory on the left representing cosmonaut Dubrov’s origins and on the right are the USA’s national colours for astronaut Vande Hei. The Russian flag is positioned on the spacecraft itself. A banner across the bottom of the design shows the years 1961 and 2021 and the number 60 in between, commemorating Yuri Gagarin’s trailblazing first human spaceflight, six decades ago this year. The patch was designed by spacecraft commander Oleg Novitsky with Luc van den Abeelen, copyright Roscosmos. Soyuz MS-18 launches April 9, 2021.
NASA Crew-2


The determined expression of the Dragon in the patch reflects the strength of the team and their contribution to the exploration of space. The 5 large stars represent the 5 partner space agencies cooperating in the ISS program. NASA Crew-2 launched on April 22, 2021.
SpaceX Crew-2


SpaceX's 'souvenir' Crew-2 patch.
Expedition 65


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Alpha


Designed by ESA's graphic artists, the Alpha patch features a rocket launch – the most dramatic moment in any space mission. Around the patch are 17 colored slots representing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. At the top, the International Space Station is stylized in the colors of the French flag. Ten stars sparkle in the background, evoking the Centaurus constellation, and the number of French citizens who have flown to space. The name of Thomas's second mission to the International Space Station was selected from over 27,000 entries to an ESA competition. The first to submit this name was Christelle de Larrard from Mios, Gironde, France. "There were many reasons to choose Alpha as a mission name," says Thomas. "It connects to my first mission, Proxima, as the stars belong to the same system close to Earth, and therefore convey the same idea of proximity (such as space research for people on Earth) and an idea of continuation in my work. Alpha, a Greek letter, is also widely used in mathematics, science and technology. And, as the first letter of the alphabet, it is often synonymous with the excellence we try to achieve in space exploration." Alpha was also the original denomination of the International Space Station, and is still used today as its radio call sign. The word is pronounced the same in almost every language, resulting in a simple yet meaningful mission name for the first astronaut to fly on a new generation of US crewed spacecraft. Alpha launched as part of NASA's Crew-2.
Inspiration4


Inspiration4 is a three-day Crew Dragon Earth orbit mission crewed by four non-career astronauts launching in September 2021.
Cosmic Kiss


The name of European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Matthias Maurer's first mission to the International Space Station, Cosmic Kiss, is a declaration of love for space. The Cosmic Kiss patch takes inspiration from the Nebra sky disc, the oldest known realistic illustration of the night sky – as well as the Pioneer plaques and Voyager Golden Records that were sent into the unknown carrying messages from Earth. Like the Nebra sky disc, the patch features several cosmic elements including Earth, the Moon and the Pleiades star cluster. It also depicts Mars, one of ESA's three key destinations for exploration over the next 10 years, as a small red dot beckoning in the distance. Earth is shown borderless and backlit, with only a delicate line of atmosphere visible. The most prominent feature is a simplified, almost heart-like International Space Station. This is connected through a human heartbeat that stretches from Earth to the Moon. This heartbeat symbolizes the human presence and passion that propels exploration forward and connects us to the Universe, as well as the vital life science experiments the Space Station enables. The Cosmic Kiss mission patch features black representing the Universe, red for for love and passion, gold, the color of the stars and a white heartbeat for technology and scientific progress, bringing light into the dark. Cosmic Kiss launches as part of NASA's Crew-3 in October 2021.
July 7, 2021







ESA 2020

A new ESA 'astronaut' patch appeared in October 2020, depicting the 25 flags of ESA current member and participating states



Tianzhou-2

Patch for the Tianzhou-2 cargo craft, launched to CSS on June 29, 2021



Tianhe

Patch for Tianhe, the first element of the Chinese Space Station, launched on April 29, 2021



CSS

Patch for the Chinese Space Station programme



Starliner OFT-2

Boeing's Starliner OFT-2 patch. The unmanned Orbital Flight Test is expected in Q3 2021



Dream Chaser CRS-2

The program patch for Dream Chaser Commercial Resupply Services 2. Individual patches are expected for the actual mission to ISS.



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