This STS-112 patch belonged to NASA astronaut David Brown, a mission specialist who flew in space for the first time as a member of the crew of STS-107, the Space Shuttle Columbia mission that disintegrated upon reentry on February 1, 2003. (Because of changes in the flight schedule, STS-107 flew after STS-112.) A flight surgeon and a naval aviator, Brown was selected by NASA as an astronaut candidate in April 1996 as a part of Group 16. Aboard STS-107, Brown logged 15 days, 22 hours, and 20 minutes in space. Although this patch was never flown in space, it was a personal memento of Brown's.
STS-112 was a space shuttle mission launched October 7, 2002 with the primary objective of installing the S1 tuss segment and the Crew and Equipment Translation Aid (CETA) Cart A. Two of Brown's former astronaut classmates, Piers J. Sellers and Sandra H. Magnus, flew as crew of STS-112. Brown may have owned this patch because of his support for his colleagues.
Doug Brown, Dave Brown's brother, gave the patch to the Museum in 2006.
Gift of Douglas R. Brown