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Alissé mission logo
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- Title Alissé mission logo
- Released 03/08/2009 3:29 pm
- Copyright ESA
The logo for the Alissé mission features the wing of a bird enclosing images of the ISS and Shuttle, either side of two sets of horizontal lines. The horizontal lines symbolise different aspects of the mission. The two sets represent the two spacewalks to be undertaken by Christer Fuglesang during the mission. The bird’s wing adds to this symbolism of the spacewalks, as Fuglesang will seem to be flying around the ISS almost like a bird without the constraints of gravity.
The horizontal lines further evoke the wind through which the Shuttle flies in the logo to reach the ISS. The two sets of lines symbolise the Shuttle and ISS in their separate orbits as they close for docking. They also represent the two ESA astronauts on the Station during the mission.
The four individual lines also suggest the four space agencies of the astronauts on the Station during the mission. The bird’s wing and the symbols it encompasses also suggest how a bird looks down on Earth, while floating on the alize wind, similar to how the astronauts will look down on Earth from space.
The left-hand part of the ESA logo suggests the Moon as a future step for the Agency’s exploration goals, built on its current and past missions to the ISS. The mission name highlights the letters ‘ISS’ to suggest the mission’s target.