The Mission Patch:
The hexagon (six-sided) shape of the Expedition 43 patch represents the six
crew members living and working onboard the orbital outpost. The International
Space Station is portrayed in orbit around Earth, representing the multi-national
partnership that has constructed, developed and continues to operate the space
station for the benefit of all humankind. The sunrise marks the beginning of a new
day, reflecting the fact that humanity is at the dawn of its history as a space faring
species. The moon and planets represent future exploration of the solar system, for
which the space station is a stepping stone. Finally, the five stars honor the crews
who have lost their lives during the pursuit of human spaceflight.
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