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Space Patches and Hidden Symbolism

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posted on Nov, 7 2007 @ 05:29 PM
I have recently had a request to look at Patches from various space missions and 'decipher' the symbolism in the design....

John and I talked about a few of them and the one that came to attention most recently is this one from Expedition 9

Below is the description provided by NASA. I included this description to illustrate that patches are indeed designed with specific meaning.

This emblem represents the Ninth Expedition to the International Space Station. Expedition 9 Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineer Mike Fincke are set to rocket toward the station in April, along with European Space Agency Astronaut Andre Kuipers.

At the heart of the image is the Roman numeral IX, created by the Soyuz rocket and the letter "X," which evokes the spirit of exploration at the heart of the U.S.-Russian space partnership. Research aboard the ISS is the first step toward human exploration of the moon, Mars and beyond -- seen between the rocket and the "X."

Flying across the emblem is an eagle representing the spirit of Human Space Flight, with stars on its wings honoring the astronauts and cosmonauts who gave their lives in this valiant endeavour.

The astronaut symbol is flanked by the Expedition 9 crew names leaning together, with a stylized "9" as the plume of their rocket. The eagle carries the baton of discovery, passing it to the crew of the spaceship advancing to their orbital outpost.

Now John has made a list of what he has found in this one, but for now I want to point out two that are glaring out at me...

The Star of David in the row of yellow stars on the wing...
The Collar of Red Stars that the Eagle wears

I will be adding more as time goes on... but I am hoping others will share their finds as well...

I will add two more to 'get the ball rolling'

AF Tactical Exploitation of National Capabilities (AF TENCAP) (TC)

In 1977 Congress directed the establishment of Air Force TENCAP with three primary missions: exploiting space systems for tactical applications through rapid prototyping projects; influencing the design of future space systems for tactical applications; and educating warfighters about the capabilities and tactical utility of space systems. The SWC serves as the executive agent of AF TENCAP on behalf of warfighters and is teamed with the Space Applications Project Office to develop and provide support to Air Force agencies and the Combat and Mobility Air Forces. AF TENCAP demonstrates leading edge space technologies with potential to enhance combat capabilities of units in the field and transitions these combat systems to warfighters in a timelier manner than through traditional acquisition processes. AF TENCAP is responsible for keeping abreast of the latest technologies and influencing emerging space systems to make them more supportive of fielded combat forces.


This patch has sadly been discontinued... perhaps it was drawing to much attention

Bigelow Aerospace

Another Alien head...

[edit on 7-11-2007 by zorgon]

posted on Nov, 7 2007 @ 07:32 PM
That first patch is a loud one in my opinion and way too busy.

The second patch looks nice but their motto isn't:

oderint dum metuant: Let them hate so long as they fear. (A favorite saying of Caligula.)

posted on Nov, 7 2007 @ 07:43 PM

Originally posted by zorgon
The Star of David in the row of yellow stars on the wing...

The first Jewish astronaut and the second American female in space was Judith Resnick, who first flew during the maiden flight of the Discovery in August 1984. See resnick.htm

Resnick was chosen to fly again in January 1986 aboard the Challenger, in which she perished along with rest of the crew shortly after launch.


Well, there's my guess. I can't wait to see the spin ya'll are gonna' put on this one.

posted on Nov, 7 2007 @ 07:44 PM
do you guys think i would be mad in saying that the star of david represents our 3D universe?

here is why i think this

im probably wrong but the thought just will not go away although 99.99% of the people i have mentioned this to say im crazy, its just coincidence. I know its used in geometry but ya know...

and that motto: "oderint dum metuant: Let them hate so long as they fear"
hmm what more needs to be said.


Well, there's my guess. I can't wait to see the spin ya'll are gonna' put on this one.

Spin spin spinning around in my head

can someone point me to a higher geometric shape natural in nature

[edit on 7-11-2007 by rapturas]

posted on Nov, 7 2007 @ 07:45 PM

Originally posted by rapturas
do you guys think i would be mad in saying that the star of david represents our 3D universe?

No. You just missed the obvious line of research.

Edit to add: I believe five cosmonauts ( red star? ) have died in space missions or spacecraft training. That factoid may need confirmation. Anyone?

[edit on 7-11-2007 by MrPenny]

posted on Nov, 8 2007 @ 05:37 AM
Whoever designed the first patch obviously never learned "logo design 101"
seriously it's that bad. Who did they hire to design this. It's apalling. My student can design a logo better than whoever designed this.

The second one is great. Don't know why they would make it that obvious.
Reminds me about William Cooper's claim about a space division with a grey head design in their patch.

By the way the guy who said about the star of david you can do a little bit of research in WIKI about it's origin. But it has nothing to do with our '3d universe" what the hell that means.

posted on Nov, 8 2007 @ 12:58 PM
The Expedition Nine patch is a mission emblem, not a logo. It may be "busy," but the crew was trying to pack a lot of symbolism into it. The stars on the eagle's wings represent crew members who died in Apollo 1, Challenger, and Columbia. The Star of David represents Ilan Ramon, the first Israeli astronaut and a crewmember onboard Columbia when it was lost. The red stars represent fallen cosmonauts.

If you want to see gray aliens on other USAF patches besides AF TENCAP - SPECIAL APPLICATIONS, look for these:


The Air Force finally decided to get in on the joke. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em.

posted on Nov, 8 2007 @ 01:06 PM
Ya good point.. If they want this alien stuff secret then why would they make a patch with a grays head on it? That quote is very unsettleing though "Let them hate so long as they fear"

posted on Nov, 8 2007 @ 01:32 PM
omnicron - sorry should of referred to the star by its other name, the hexagram =]

Six pointed stars have also been found in cosmological diagrams in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism...
...The reasons behind this symbol's common appearance in Indic religions and the West are lost in the mists of antiquity.

A Masonic book called The Second Mile, an Eastern Star book, reveals that the "six pointed star is a very ancient symbol, and one of the most powerful." The hexagram is used in magic, witchcraft, sorcery and occultism and the casting of zodiacal horoscopes by astrologers. "It was considered to posses mysterious powers," says A Concise Cyclopaedia of Freemasonry.
"To the sorcerer, the hexagram is a powerful tool to invoke Satan." In fact, the word "hex" -- as to put a "hex" or "curse" on people -- comes from this word.
This ancient occultic figure is also a pagan symbol of sexual union and reproduction. The triangle pointing downward represents the female sexual organ, the vagina, and the upward pointing triangle represents the male phallus. Joined together in the hexagram, they represent sexual coitus, congress, or union -- a union of the active and passive forces in nature. Thus the hexagram was a part of Satan's original "sex worship" rites and symbols of the sexually oriented rites and ceremonies of BAALISM -- Nimrod and Semiramis -- Easter (Astarte) and Baal -- Venus (Aphrodite) and Bacchus.
God's Word warns us, in the prophecy of Amos: "You also carried Sikkuth your king [tabernacle of Moloch] and Chiun, your idols, the STAR of your gods, which you made for yourselves" (Amos 5:26). This star was undoubtedly the SIX-POINTED STAR -- the star associated with sexual depravity, reproductivity, and whoring! -- the Hexagram from Egypt!

An ancient sign not much used by Jews before the Middle Ages, it was popularized by Kabbalists for protection against evil spirits. The Jewish community of Prague adopted it as an official symbol and its use became widespread in the 17th century. Though it has neither biblical nor Talmudic authority, it became a nearly universal emblem of Judaism in the 19th century. The Nazis' use of it to identify Jews invested it with the symbolism of martyrdom and heroism.

The real history of the hexagram began with Tantric Hinduism, where it represented union of the sexes

Like anything though, its how you use it that makes it good or bad, so i am told

edit. i might add that there are two pentagrams in the hexagram. you should be able to spot it seeing as you are a designer

Also, its amazing what the hexagram can spell out if placed on a one dollar bill but i for one, will not dare go there. Annuit coeptiS Novus ordO secloruM

[edit on 8-11-2007 by rapturas]

posted on Nov, 8 2007 @ 02:25 PM

Originally posted by Shadowhawk
The Star of David represents Ilan Ramon, the first Israeli astronaut and a crewmember onboard Columbia when it was lost.

I'm not confident that it represents the first Israeli astronaut. I would lean towards it being for Judith Resnick (sic), a Jewish American astronaut lost in a failed shuttle mission.

It's purely assumption, but I doubt the Russians would be comfortable with an Israeli being represented owing to their support of Syria, et al. So in the interests of diplomacy, I would guess it be for her. Of course, being an assumption, this may be totally wrong.

posted on Nov, 8 2007 @ 02:58 PM
reply to post by Shadowhawk

I'm sure you are correct on the seventeen US astronaut casualties, (which include the Star of David for Ilan Ramon) but where do the five red stars come from?

I can only come up with four acknowledged cosmonaut fatalities during missions, (one in Soyuz 1 and three in Soyuz 11), who was the fifth?

posted on Nov, 8 2007 @ 03:11 PM
reply to post by timeless test

One cosmonaut died in a training mission when a capsule simulator filled with pure oxygen caught fire.

Upon reflection I have to agree that the Star of David is for the Israeli astronaut.

posted on Nov, 8 2007 @ 03:35 PM
reply to post by MrPenny

Ahhh yes, I think that's right - way way back sometime. (In fact, having now looked it up you are spot on, a simulator fire in 1961).

There are, of course, also many stories of unacknowledged deaths before Gagarin's flight as well but I suppose that an extra few red stars would be a bit of a give away.

posted on Nov, 8 2007 @ 04:05 PM

Originally posted by MrPenny
Well, there's my guess. I can't wait to see the spin ya'll are gonna' put on this one.

Now Mr Penny I am surprised at you... Spin? Moi? Ce n'est pas vrai

It is my intent to show those who are not aware just how big Space Command has become, How long they have been 'at it", their mission statements etc.

The various groups and sectors are so compartmentalized that you cannot easily find them with a simple search... and I know for a fact that few people are aware of how big they are...

And since no one follows links to read website

We will tell the story through the patches of the units... and I have a LOT of patches

Space Warfare Center (SWC)

Mission Statement

The mission of the Space Warfare Center (SWC) is to advance Air Force, joint and combined space warfare through innovation, testing, tactics development and training.

General Charles Horner, Commander, Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) officially dedicated the SWC on December 8, 1993. In 1995, the 17th Test Squadron (17 TS) was established and the 576th Flight Test Squadron (576 FLTS) aligned under SWC. In 2000, the SWC established the 595th Test and Evaluation Group (595 TEG) and 310th Space Group (Air Force Reserve) established the 14th Test Squadron (14 TS) as a sister squadron to the 17 TS. In 2001, the SWC stood up the 527th Space Aggressor Squadron (527 SAS) and the USAF Space Operations School (SOPSC). In 2002, the SWC stood up Detachment 1 at Nellis AFB, NV and Detachment 2 at Langley AFB, VA. Both Detachments are extensions of the SWC and provide air and space integration to the warfighter through a variety of efforts heavily focused on strengthening relationships with government and industry mission partners. In August 2002, the 595th reorganized as the 595th Space Group and took control of the 527th and SOPSC. In November 2002, the 595th established the Space Range Management Office (SRMO). In September 2003, the SWC stood up a fifth division, the Integration Division (SWC/XI). More recently, in October 2003, the 310th Space Group established the 26th Space Aggressor Squadron (26 SAS) as a sister squadron to the 527 SAS.

This has currently been updated and they have changed the name to something less threatening... but the mission statement has 'escalated'


Seems they have adopted the Star Trek ensignia and Thor's Lightning Bolts...

The Space Innovation & Development Center (SIDC), formerly the Space Warfare Center (SWC), is a military unit of the United States Air Force. It is directly under Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) and resides at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. The SIDC includes the AF Space Battlelab (SB)[1], Shield, and the 17th Test Squadron (17 TS).

Update Mission Statement as of April 2007


The Space Innovation and Development Center at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo., is "unlocking the potential" as premier innovators, integrators and operational testers of air, space and cyberspace power to the warfighter. The center's mission is to advance full-spectrum warfare through rapid innovation, integration, training testing, and experimentation.

Point of Contact: Air Force Space Command, Public Affairs Office; 150 Vandenberg, Suite 1105; Peterson AFB, Colo. 80914-4500; DSN 692-3731 or (719) 554-3731.

Air Force Space Command Fact Sheet

26th Space Aggressor Squadron... Now THERE is a job description

[edit on 8-11-2007 by zorgon]

posted on Nov, 8 2007 @ 04:28 PM
Here is a Map of Locations of some of the Space Command facilities

Here is the Department of Defense "Space School" for want of a better term...

BTW all the info pictures and links I will be providing are from Official public press websites of the various Space Command Units...

You will not see NASA in any one of these...


Welcome to the National Security Space Institute

The National Security Space Institute is the Department of Defense's single focal point for space education and training, complementing existing space education programs at Air University, the Naval Postgraduate School and the Air Force Institute of Technology.

Our Mission
DoD center of excellence for space education throughout the National Security Space community. Researches, develops and provides world-class instruction of space system technologies, capabilities, operational concepts, acquisitions and tactics in support of Joint service strategies to develop certified space professionals across the DoD. The Headquarters National Security Space Institute (HQ NSSI) provides space power education and training required to prepare warfighters for joint military operations.

Source: Peterson AFB

So far I don't see a lot of "Peaceful Use of Space" in these mission statements

posted on Nov, 8 2007 @ 04:35 PM
reply to post by zorgon

warfare isnt supposed to be peaceful is it?
cant help but quote this from above "oderint dum metuant: Let them hate so long as they fear"

imagine how better off the world would be if all the money spent on the war machine was put into helping rather than destroying =[

posted on Nov, 8 2007 @ 06:08 PM
Zorgon, those last two patches with the lightning bolts are horrid.
I've been into heraldry for years and I'm sure patch design is different,but some basic formula should be followed.Just my opinion, my eyes still burn from the first patch.The shield design looks 16th century in shape.
The "space school' patch carried Thor a bit farther by adding the gauntlet.Am I to assume the Star Trek design is actually a delta craft?
I still think the expedition 9 patch could have been made cleaner and still kept it's essence.
I have a 1st edition Elements of Heraldry by M.A. Porny (1765) and a massive two volume set, A Complete Body of Heraldry by Joseph Edmondson (1780)There isn't a modern heraldry book that comes close to these, not even Fox-Davies.I won't go into meanings of colours,chimeras,planets etc. because I'd bore people to tears and I doubt the designers took any of that into consideration anyway.
I bring up the heraldry because I feel it's relevant to the designs.I may not like all of the patches but I like to study what you post.
Thumbs up!

posted on Nov, 8 2007 @ 06:30 PM

Originally posted by rapturas
cant help but quote this from above "oderint dum metuant: Let them hate so long as they fear"

It goes to the mind set of these people...

The Space Command main mission statement says
"The Space Force Mission is to defend the United States through the control and exploitation of space."

control and exploitation of space... yup that about says it all

imagine how better off the world would be if all the money spent on the war machine was put into helping rather than destroying =[

But where is the profit in that?

posted on Nov, 8 2007 @ 06:42 PM

Originally posted by citizen truth
The "space school' patch carried Thor a bit farther by adding the gauntlet.Am I to assume the Star Trek design is actually a delta craft?

Delta Craft... quite likely... but I haven't had time yet to show those

Gotta run again another call... good for the pocket book

I will leave you with this one....

Space Superiority Systems Wing

And you really have to read these fact sheets...

The center is also responsible for on-orbit, check-out testing, sustainment and maintenance of military satellite constellations and other Department of Defense space systems

The center is located at Los Angeles Air Force Base in El Segundo, Calif.


I wonder how they do that?

OTHER DOD SPACE SYSTEMS (Other than military satellites)

Hmmm now what other stuff do they have up there?


CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN AIR FORCE STATION, Colo. -- The NASA Johnson Spaceflight Center Group Achievement Award was presented by Astronaut Jeff Ashby (far right) to the Human Spaceflight Support Team for its exceptional support in keeping the space shuttle, International Space Station and its crews safe from the dangers of orbital debris, spacecraft collisions and other inherent hazards of orbit operations.

They perform this task HOW???


CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN AIR FORCE STATION, Colo. -- NASA Astronaut Jeff Ashby presents the Silver Snoopy Award to Dave Ward, 1st Space Control Squadron space protection officer, at Cheyenne Mountain July 30.

Interesting job description


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posted on Nov, 8 2007 @ 07:04 PM
I should contend that all these patches involving an image of an alien gray is only intended as a joke. For example:

John Lear would swear this patch was absolutely authentic. By the way Guststus Similis Pullus is dog Latin for "Tastes Like Chicken."

[edit on 8-11-2007 by omnicron]

[edit on 8-11-2007 by omnicron]

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