The STS-41 embroidered crew patch, designed by the five astronaut crewmembers, depicts the Space Shuttle orbiting Earth after deployment of its primary payload -- the Ulysses probe.
The orbiter is shown passing over the southeastern United States, representative of its 28-degree inclination orbit. The Ulysses solar probe, as the fastest man-made object in the universe, traveling at 30 miles per second (over 100,000 mph) is represented by the streaking silver teardrop passing over the sun. Ulysses' path is depicted by the bright red spiral originating from the Shuttle cargo bay. The three-legged trajectory, extending out the payload bay, is symbolic of the astronaut logo and is in honor of those who have given their lives in the conquest of space.
The five stars, four gold and one silver, represent STS-41 and each of its crewmembers.
Measures approx. 4 inches across.