Julie Payette, STS-96


"La fusée de Julie" There exist special places in the "Universe" where art and science meet and where souls merge. From these magic moments, inspiration is born.

"La fusée de Julie" is a celebration of mankind, nature, the joy of living and of a child that sleeps, and occasionally stirs, within us.

This crest commemorates mission STS-96, Canadian Space Agency Astronaut Julie Payette’s first space mission from May 27 to June 6, 1999 aboard space shuttle Discovery to partake in the assembly of the International Space Station.

The crest is an allegory of the exploration of space by humans. For nearly four decades, powerful rockets have carried human beings into orbit to expand the frontiers of knowledge (stars), observe and survey our planet’s environment (flower), and prepare us for the future (moon crescent). The musical note reminds us that as humans, we are remarkable for our creativity, our sensibility and our ability to adapt. The cat symbolizes the ground support teams and all friends, colleagues and supporters, without whom space missions would be impossible. Finally, Earth is represented here without boundaries to emphasize the international nature of space endeavors at the end of this century, as well as to remind us that the blue planet is still the only known inhabitable place for humans. It is our collective responsibility to take care of it.

This crest was designed by Quebec artist Gérard Dansereau.