Mission: Expedition 7/ Soyuz 6 Vehicle: Soyuz TMA-2 Launch Pad: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan EVAs: N/A Launch: April 25, 2003 10:54 p.m. CDT Docking: April 28, 2003 12:56 a.m. CDT Undocking: Oct. 27, 2003 5:17 p.m. CST Landing: Oct. 27, 2003 8:41 p.m. CST
The International Space Station (ISS) Expedition Seven patch consists of two elliptical orbits which evoke the histories of the two space programs from which the crew is drawn. The Russian and American flags are intersecting, representing the peaceful cooperation of the many countries contributing to the ISS. Two stars indicate the Station's goals of contributing to life on Earth through science and commerce.
This is a variant of the final crew patch and contains the additional cosmonaut Alexandr Kaleri, originally part of the crew. The Space Shuttle fleet had been grounded due to the Columbia disaster, so the crew size was reduced to two, as opposed to the three that could be carried by the shuttle. The Expedition Seven crew—along with European Space Agency Astronaut Pedro Duque—landed back on Earth on 27 October 2003 at Kazakhstan at 02:41:20 UTC, after undocking from the International Space Station in their Soyuz spacecraft at 23:17 UTC.
4" Embroidered Patch