The International Space Station Commander Designed A Klingon Mission Patch


We already knew that ISS Commander Steve Swanson was a bit of a sci-fi nerd thanks to the Firefly and Star Trek shirts he wore in the first Instagrams from space. Now we’re learning that he even hoped to have a little sci-fi in the official Expedition 40 crew patch. According to an interview with his wife on collectspace:

[He] collaborated with his daughter to create an insignia for the outpost’s Expedition 40 crew. What he and his fellow astronauts and cosmonauts ultimately launched with to the space station was a patch depicting the “past, present, and future of human space exploration.”
What Swanson had first proposed however, was a badge of a decidedly different type.

“He wanted something that was kind of badass,” revealed Mary Swanson, Steve’s wife, in a call with collectSPACE, “and Klingons are kind of badass.”

Yes, Klingons are most definitely badass and it would have been a pretty incredible patch had it passed muster and become official.

See a close-up of the Klingon “Brotherhood of the Sword” patch, Swanson’s design and the final patch design after the break.


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(via Boing Boing)

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