Mission patch represents all International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory research in 2018. Image Credit: CASIS
The 2018 International Space Station (ISS) mission patch, which represents all science payloads on the space station during the calendar year, has been unveiled.
Every year, the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), which manages scientific research on the ISS as well as conducts public outreach about that research, partners with one individual or group to create a mission patch that represents that particular year’s science experiments conducted on the space station.
This year, CASIS chose to work with award-winning producer and filmmaker Sir Ridley Scott, a longtime filmmaker and fan of space exploration, who has directed and/or produced several science fiction films, including the Alien movies, The Martian, Blade Runner, and Legend.
Featured on this year’s mission patch is a woman astronaut complete with spacesuit and gear, looking toward the ISS against the black background of space. Earth is visible in the sky behind her.
Ridley, who said he views astronauts as saints for their courage and bravery, designed the astronaut’s helmet to be viewed as a halo, much like those depicted at the heads of saints in medieval artwork.