The STS-71 crew patch design depicts the Orbiter Atlantis in the
process of the first international docking mission of the Space Shuttle
with the Russian space station Mir. The names of the 10 astronauts
and cosmonauts who will fly aboard the Orbiter are shown along the
outer border of the patch. The rising Sun symbolizes the dawn of a
new era of cooperation between the two countries. The vehicles Atlantis
and Mir are shown in separate circles converging at the center of
the emblem symbolizing the merger of the space programs of the two
spacefaring nations. The flags of the United States and Russia emphasize
the equal partnership of the mission. The joint program symbol at
the lower center of the patch acknowledges the extensive contributions
made by the Mission Control Centers of both countries.
The crew emblem was designed by aviation and space artist, Bob McCall,
who also designed the crew patch for the Apollo-Soyuz project in 1975,
the first international space docking mission.