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Designed by its crewmembers, the STS-47 crew patch depicts the Space Shuttle orbiter with the Spacelab module in the cargo bay against a backdrop of the flags of the United States and Japan. The flags symbolize the side-by-side cooperation of the two nations in this mission
The land masses of Japan and Alaska are represented on the emblem, emphasizing the multi-national aspect of the flight as well as the high inclination orbit of 57 degrees.
The initials "SLJ" on the left border of the emblem stand for Spacelab Japan; the name generally used for the mission is SpacelabJ. The Japanese characters on the right border form the word Fuwaffo which means "weightlessness."