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Scheduled Launch: August 6, 2009

Mission: Multi-Purpose Logistics Module 'Leonardo'

Orbiter: Discovery

Crew:

Rick Sturckow (4) - Commander

Kevin Ford (1) - Pilot

Patrick Forrester (3) - Mission Specialist 1

Jose Hernández (1) - Mission Specialist 2

Christer Fuglesang (2) - Mission Specialist 3 (ESA)

John D. Olivas (2) - Mission Specialist 4

Nicole Stott (1) - Mission Specialist 5/ISS Flight Engineer (Launching and staying on ISS)

Timothy Kopra (1) - ISS Flight Engineer/Mission Specialist 5 (Landing from ISS)

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I love how they continue to use the three stripes which is supposed to resemble the shuttle flight path. Something i had heard many years ago. Atari and I think Delta tools utilized a similar design. Delta used it because they started making some of the original tools for NASA

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I love how they continue to use the three stripes which is supposed to resemble the shuttle flight path. Something i had heard many years ago. Atari and I think Delta tools utilized a similar design. Delta used it because they started making some of the original tools for NASA

It's actually a rendering of the "Astronaut Pin" insignia:

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There are two grades, when one is certified as an astronaut they get a silver pin. Once they have actually flown a mission it gets upgraded to gold.

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I think they missed the chance for a better Leonardo tie-in, assuming that's a da Vinci reference.

The MPLM's are built by the Italian Space Agency. There are three of them (Leonardo, Raffaello, Donatello) named after great Italian artists. And yes, the name is in tribute to DaVinci. 'Raffaello' is named for Raffaello Sanzio and 'Donatello' is named for Donato di Niccolò di Betto Bardi.

Assuming the shuttle program is not extended by the Obama administration there will only be one more MPLM flight (STS-131 in February 2010) where 'Donatello' will make its first and probably only flight. 'Leonardo' flew previously on STS-102, STS-105, STS-111, STS-121, and the just-completed STS-126. 'Raffaello' has been flown on STS-100, STS-108, and STS-114.

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I think they missed the chance for a better Leonardo tie-in, assuming that's a da Vinci reference.

The MPLM's are built by the Italian Space Agency. There are three of them (Leonardo, Raffaello, Donatello) named after great Italian artists. And yes, the name is in tribute to DaVinci. 'Raffaello' is named for Raffaello Sanzio and 'Donatello' is named for Donato di Niccolò di Betto Bardi.

Assuming the shuttle program is not extended by the Obama administration there will only be one more MPLM flight (STS-131 in February 2010) where 'Donatello' will make its first and probably only flight. 'Leonardo' flew previously on STS-102, STS-105, STS-111, STS-121, and the just-completed STS-126. 'Raffaello' has been flown on STS-100, STS-108, and STS-114.

Sounds like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to me... :D

This is a cool looking patch though...

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