The link between the United States and Russia is symbolically represented
by the Space Shuttle Endeavour and Space Station Mir orbiting above
the Bering Strait between Siberia and Alaska. The success of the joint
U. S. - Russian missions is depicted by the Shuttle and Mir colored
by the rising Sun in the background. A shadowed representation of
the International Space Station rising with the Sun represents the
future program for which the Shuttle-Mir missions are prototypes.
The inside rim of the patch describes the outline of the number eight
representing STS-89 as the eighth Shuttle-Mir docking mission. The
nine stars represent the nine joint missions to be flown of the program
and when combined with the number eight in the rim reflect the mission
number. The nine stars also symbolize the children of the crew members
who will be the future beneficiaries of the joint development work
of the space programs of the two countries. Along the rim are the
crew members' names with Dave Wolf's name on the left and Andy Thomas'
name on the right, the returning and upgoing crew members. In between
and at the bottom is the name of Salizhan Sharipov in Cyrillic. The
red, white, and blue of the rim reflect the colors of the American
and Russian flags which are also represented in the rim on either
side of the joined spacecraft.