Collection Item Summary:
This is a silk screened version of the emblem worn on the shoulder of the U.S. spacesuits used in Extravehicular Activites (EVA) or, as more commonly known, spacewalks. The original version of the patch displayed three stars, one for each U.S. space program that included spacewalks (Gemini, Apollo, Skylab). An additional two stars were added for the Space Shuttle and International Space Station programs.
Hamilton Sundstrand, the manufacturer of the Space Shuttle EVA suits, designed this patch to be affixed to them. Company logos are not allowed on NASA equipment. The patch, designed by Fred Keune, is based on Leonardo da Vinci's "Vitruvian Man" theme.
NASA transferred this patch to the Museum in 2012.