On the official Expedition 29 embroidered crew patch, the International Space Station (ISS) is shown following the path of the historic 18th century explorer, Captain James Cook, and his ship, Endeavour. During Cook's three main voyages, he explored and mapped major portions of the oceans and coastlines under the flight path of the ISS and added immeasurably to the body of knowledge of that time. As the ISS sails a stardust trail -- following the spirit of Endeavour sailing toward the dark unknown and new discoveries -- it enlightens Earth below. Through the centuries, the quest for new discoveries has been a significant element of the human character, inspiring us to endure hardships and separation to be part of a mission which is greater than any individual.
A spokesman for the crew stated, "The crew of Expedition 29 is proud to continue the journey in this greatest of all human endeavors."
Measures approx. 4 inches across.