Expedition 36 began May 13, 2013 and ended Sept. 11, 2013.
This expedition continued the research conducted on the orbiting laboratory with experiments such as the Japanese experiment Aniso Tubule and the European Space Agency’s SOLAR. Two U.S. spacewalks were planned by NASA’s Chris Cassidy and the European Space Agency’s Luca Parmitano, and three Russian spacewalks were planned for Fyodor Yurchikhin and Alexander Misurkin.
The Mission Patch:
The dynamic design of the Expedition 36 patch portrays the International Space Station’s iconic solar arrays. The slanted angles denote a kinetic energy leading from Earth in the lower right to the upper left tip of the triangular shape of the patch, representing the infinite scientific research, education and long-duration spaceflight capabilities the orbiting lab provides with each mission, as well as our goal for future exploration beyond the space station. The numbers “3” and “6” harmoniously intertwine to form expedition number 36 and its gray coloration signifies the unity and neutrality among all of the international partners of the station. The blue and gold color scheme of the patch represents the subtle way the central gold orbit wraps around the number “36” to form a trident at its lower right tip. The trident also symbolizes the sea, air, and land all of which make up the Earth from where the trident originates in the design.