The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (the ISS National Lab) today announced the unveiling of its latest mission patch, designed by Lucasfilm, featuring characters and space ships from the Star Wars™ franchise. The mission patch represents all payloads intended for the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory in calendar year 2017. the ISS National Lab is the organization that oversees research on the ISS U.S. National Laboratory benefitting life on Earth.
Lucasfilm recently announced “Science and Star Wars,” a 10-episode web series designed in collaboration with IBM to engage the public on the science associated with the Star Wars universe. Coming soon, an episode from this series will be dedicated towards space ships, and the ISS will be prominently featured as it represents our only orbiting laboratory manned by humans. The episode will include a former astronaut who has flown on the ISS, and also highlight the types of research and facilities that are associated with the space station.
The patch has the outward shape of the famed space ship – the Millennium Falcon, and features the ISS, droids BB-8, K-2SO, and Chopper, as well as the Death Star. The patch was developed by Academy Award-winning designer, Doug Chiang, who is responsible for overseeing concept artistry and production design for films in the Star Wars series, including the latest release; Star Wars:The Last Jedi, in theaters December 15.