Endeavour ET-94 Patch *EXCLUSIVE*
This collectible embroidered patch created for "Mission 26: ET Comes Home" was designed by artist Tim Gagnon and commemorates the journey of NASA's last flight-qualified space shuttle External Tank (ET-94) from NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans to its permanent home at the California Science Center in Los Angeles.
The top of this four-inch patch is adorned with the image of an orbiter attached to an orange external tank. The ET holds the liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen that are burned by the three Space Shuttle Main Engines (SSMEs), which propel the orbiter into low earth orbit after the two white solid rocket boosters have expended their propellant and detach approximately two minutes after liftoff.
The center of the design shows ET-94's route by tugboat and barge from New Orleans, Louisiana, via the Gulf of Mexico through the Panama Canal and up the Pacific Ocean to Marina del Rey in Los Angeles, California.
The bottom of the design illustrates ET-94 navigating its way through one of the Gatun Locks in the Panama Canal.
About the artist: Tim Gagnon along with artist Jorge Cartes have worked together with astronaut crews to create the mission patches for several Space Transportation System (STS) missions including...
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