NASA Photo ID: STS052(S)001        File Name: 10065293.jpg
  Film Type: 35mm                    Date Taken: 
  Title: STS-52 Columbia, Orbiter Vehicle (OV) 102, crew insignia
  STS-52 Columbia, Orbiter Vehicle (OV) 102, crew insignia (logo), the
  official  insignia of the NASA STS-52 mission, features a large gold star
  to symbolize  the crew's mission on the frontiers of space.  A gold star is
  often used to  symbolize the frontier period of the American West. The red
  star in the shape  of the Greek letter lambda represents both the laser
  measurements to be taken  from the Laser Geodynamic Satellite (LAGEOS II)
  and the Lambda Point  Experiment, which is part of the United States
  Microgravity Payload (USMP-1).  The LAGEOS II is a joint Italian \ United
  States (U.S.) satellite project  intended to further our understanding of
  global plate tectonics.  The USMP-1  is a microgravity facility which has
  French and U.S. experiments designed to  test the theory of cooperative
  phase transitions and to study the  solid\liquid interface of a metallic
  alloy in the low gravity environment.   The remote manipulator system (RMS)
  arm and maple leaf are emblematic of the  Canadian payload specialist who
  will conduct a series of Canadian flight  experiments (CANEX-2), including
  the Space Vision System (SVS) test.  The  names of the STS-52 flight
  crewmembers are located along the border of the  patch.  They are Commander
  James D. Wetherbee, Pilot Michael A. Baker,  Mission Specialist (MS)
  William M. Shepherd, MS Tamara E. Jernigan, MS  Charles Lacy Veach, and
  Payload Specialist Steven MacLean.  Each crewmember  contributed to the
  design of the insignia.   
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