"Mighty Dog" Cabana:
"Devil Dog" Sturckow:
Right: (KSC-98PC-1758 - 03 12 1998) - KSC, In the Operations and Checkout Building, STS-88 Mission Specialist James H. Newman takes part in a complete suit check before launch. Newman holds a toy dog, "Pluto," representing the crew nickname Dog Crew 3 and Newman's nickname, Pluto.
Dave Walker's next command was STS-69 and along with payload commander James "Dogface" Voss, also a member of the STS-53 litter, they put together the Dog Crew II. Rounding out the rest of the pack was shuttle pilot Kenneth "Cujo" Cockrell; mission specialist James "Pluto" Newman; and mission specialist Michael "Underdog" Gernhardt.
The STS-69 crew decided that just having a Dog name was not enough, so Ken Havekotte of SpaceCoast Cover Service was contacted to help produce a patch. Ken called me and asked if I would do the design work and a few weeks later the Dog Crew II patch was being walked around NASA on the arms of the astronautís flight suits. This was the first time that an unofficial patch has been worn on these suits.
In January 1997, Jim "Pluto" Newman wrote a letter to me and posed the idea of yet another Dog Crew, however because some of the management at NASA thought that the concept detracted from the seriousness and importance of space flight, he thought perhaps we should develop a "stealt" patch......Stealth Dog Crew III.
Their mission will be STS-88, a high profile flight, it will be the first assembly mission for the International Space Station. The commander is Robert "Mighty Dog" Cabana, a member of the original STS-53 Dog Crew litter. Joining "Pluto" and "Mighty Dog" will be shuttle pilot Rick "Devil Dog" Sturckow; mission specialist Jerry "Hooch" Ross; mission specialist Nancy "Laika" Currie; and the newest arrival, cosmonaut Sergei "Spotnik" Krikalev. (As a side note, the idea for the dog tag "Spotnik" came from one of my co-workers, Lia Jordan. I passed the name along to Newman, and after Krikalev was confirmed as a member of the crew, I was told to add the name to the patch.)
The "stealth concept" charged me to develop a patch that would not be obvious to the casual observer, a sort of mysterious, hard to figure out collection of shapes, text, and colors. The shape of the patch itself is that of a doghouse with a peaked roof. There is a typical doghouse door cutout in the center revealing a stealthy (F117-like) orbiter flying directly at you, upon closer inspection, the orbiter may reveal itself to be a dog's face. The ISS stack in the payload bay consists of the Russian built "Zarya" control module and the U.S built "Unity" module. The star constellations in the space around the orbiter are Canis Major (the Large Dog) and Canis Minor (the Small Dog). The typography on the patch is Cyrillic, the Russian alphabet, which contributes to the stealth theme. The red letters at the peak of the roof translate to SDC III (Stealth Dog Crew III) while the blue letters that surround the door are the crew's dog tags. Clockwise from the lower left: Mighty Dog, Devil Dog, Hooch, Laika, Pluto, and Spotnik (at the bottom of the door).
The final design before and after Sergei Krikalev was added to the crew of STS-88.
The Dog Crew-III patch was designed by artist Joel katzowitz of Marietta, GA, USA.
Astronaut Jim Newman suiting up for the second launch atempt of STS-88.