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Red 'Block O' Crew Patch - Astronaut Don Thomas Collection
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STS-70 Mission Insignia - Preliminary design

~~This early design version of the STS-70 crew patch features scarlet and gray colors and the “Block O” shape honoring the state of Ohio.  3.5 in. x 4.5 in.

 The STS-70 crew patch depicts the Space Shuttle Discovery orbiting Earth in the vast blackness of space. The primary mission of deploying a NASA Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) is depicted by three gold stars. They represent the triad composed of spacecraft transmitting data to Earth through the TDRS system. The stylized red, white, and blue ribbon represents the American goal of linking space exploration to the advancement of all humankind.