Patch, Extravehicular Activity (EVA) (Flown)


Display Status:

This object is on display in the Moving Beyond Earth exhibition at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.

Collection Item Summary:

This embroidered emblem is worn on the right shoulder of U.S. spacesuits used in Extravehicular Activity (EVA) or spacewalks. The original patch displayed three stars, one for each U.S. space program that included spacewalks (Gemini, Apollo, Skylab). Two more stars were added for the Space Shuttle and International Space Station programs. Hamilton Sundstrand, a manufacturer of EVA suits, designed this patch because company logos are not allowed on NASA equipment. The design, by NASA engineer Fred Keune, is based on Leonardo da Vinci's "Vitruvian Man" depiction of the ideal proportions of the human body. NASA presented this flown-on-the-shuttle patch to the Museum before the shuttle program ended in 2012.

Collection Item Long Description:

Inventory Number


Credit Line

Transfer from NASA


Fred Keune

Country of Origin

United States of America


cotton, plastic, polyester threads


2-D - Unframed (H x W): 10.2 x 10.2cm (4 x 4 in.)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum