Shepard Fairey Designs Patch for Space Station Mission

March 20, 2013 | Andy Cush

For its inaugural mission to the International Space Station, NASA’s new nonprofit CASIS enlisted Shepard Fairey to create the smart-looking patch above, which each astronaut will wear on their shoulder. It’s not the first time a street artist has sent work to space, but it might be the most official.

“I wanted to convey the most appealing aspects of the Space Station, and then also get a sense of motion. But with a patch being so small, you really need to simplify the elements so that they work in an iconic way,” Fairey says in a promotional video. “So reducing and abstracting the Space Station into something that worked with really simple forms but was still really pleasing was a big part of the objective.”