STS128-S-001 (April 2009) --- The STS-128 patch symbolises the 17A mission and represents the hardware, people and partner nations that contribute to the flight.
The Space Shuttle is shown in the orbit configuration with the Multi Purpose Logistics Module (MPLM) Leonardo in the payload bay. Earth and the International Space Station wrap around the Astronaut Office symbol reminding us of the continuous human presence in space.
The names of the STS-128 crewmembers border the patch in an unfurled manner. Included in the names is the Expedition crewmember who will launch on STS-128 and remain on the ISS, replacing another Expedition crewmember who returns home with STS-128.
The banner also completes the Astronaut Office symbol and contains the U.S. and Swedish flags representing the countries of the STS-128 crew.
The NASA insignia design for Space Shuttle flights is reserved for use by the astronauts and for other official use as the NASA Administrator may authorize. Public availability has been approved only in the form of illustrations by the various news media. When and if there is any change in this policy, which we do not anticipate, it will be publicly announced.