4" Embroidered patch for the NASA STS-47 Space Shuttle Mission
STS-47 was the 50th Space Shuttle mission of the program.
Spacelab-J—a joint NASA and National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA) mission utilizing a manned Spacelab module—conducted microgravity investigations in materials and life sciences. The international crew, consisting of the first Japanese astronaut to fly aboard the Shuttle, the first African-American woman to fly in space and the first married couple to fly on the same space mission.Spacelab-J included 24 materials science and 20 life sciences experiments, of which 35 were sponsored by NASDA, 7 by NASA and 2 collaborative efforts.
Patch description: Designed by its crewmembers, the STS-47 mission emblem depicts the Space Shuttle orbiter with the Spacelab module in the cargo bay against a backdrop of the flags of the United States and Japan. The flags symbolize the side-by-side cooperation of the two nations in this mission. The land masses of Japan and Alaska are represented on the emblem, emphasizing the multi-national aspect of the flight as well as the high inclination orbit of 57 degrees. The initials "SLJ" on the left border of the emblem stand for Spacelab Japan; the name generally used for the mission is Spacelab-J. The Japanese characters on the right border form the word Fuwaffo which means "weightlessness."