The official Expedition 27 embroidered patch, as worn by the astronauts, depicts the International Space Station (ISS) prominently orbiting Earth, continuing its mission for science, technology and education.
The ISS is an ever-present reminder of the cooperation between the United States, Russia, Japan, Canada, and the European Space Agency (ESA) -- and of the scientific, technical, and cultural achievements that have resulted from that unique teamwork. The ISS is shown in its completed status with the latest addition of the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS), and with two resupply vehicles docked at each end of the station.
The Southern Cross Constellation is also show in the foreground and its five stars, along with the sun, symbolize the six international crew members that live and work on the space station. The Southern Cross is one of the smallest modern constellations, and also one of the most distinctive. It has cultural significance all over the world and inspires teams to push the boundaries of their worlds, both in space and on the ground.