The final patch design for the Space Shuttle Program has been selected by a NASA committee from a pool of entries by NASA employees and contractors.

It beat out 84 other prospective patches to be the final commemorative token of the program that defined this generation of space travel.

“As the Space Shuttle Program has been an innovative, iconic gem in the history of American spaceflight, the overall shape of the patch and its faceted panels are reminiscent of a diamond or other fine jewel,” wrote the winning artist, Blake Dumesnil a Hamilton Sundstrand employee, who works at Johnson Space Center.

The tradition of creating NASA program and mission patches was borrowed from the military. It began with the Gemini program of the 1960s.

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Last Shuttle Patch Selected
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