STS053-S-001 -- Designed by the crewmembers, the STS-53 insignia shows the space shuttle Discovery
rising to new achievements as it trails the symbol of the Astronaut Office against a backdrop of the
American flag. The five stars and three stripes also serve to symbolize the mission designation (STS-53)
and America's continuing commitment to world leadership in space. The pentagonal shape of the insignia
represents the Department of Defense and its support of the space shuttle program. The band delineating
the flag from space includes the four colors of the military services of the crewmembers.
The NASA insignia design for space shuttle flights is reserved for use by the astronauts and for other
official use as the NASA Administrator may authorize. Public availability has been approved only in the
form of illustrations by the various news media. When and if there is any change in this policy, which we
do not anticipate, it will be publicly announced.
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