Challenger Mission - STS 51-L

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The official insignia, for Challenger’s STS 51-L mission, includes something unusual: an apple.  It symbolizes that a teacher was part of the shuttle’s 7-member crew.

NASA tells us more about it:

The STS-51-L crewmembers designed this insignia to represent their participation in NASA's mission aboard the Challenger, depicted launching from Florida and soaring into space to carry out a variety of goals.

Among the prescribed duties of the five astronauts and two payload specialists will be observation and photography of Halley's Comet, backdropped against the U.S. flag in the insignia.

Surnames of the crewmembers encircle the scene, with the payload specialists being recognized below. Surname of the first teacher in space, Sharon Christa McAuliffe, is followed by a symbolic apple.

Click on the image for a better view.

Media Credits

NASA image, online via National Air and Space Museum at the Smithsonian.



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