The Force is strong with the International Space Station with its Star Wars-themed mission patch

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Sep 7, 2017

You may not have heard of CASIS, but if you take a look at its latest mission patch, you might notice some familiar silhouettes. That’s because CASIS, the organization that manages the International Space Station’s National Laboratory, teamed up with Lucasfilm to design the ISS National Lab’s 2017 mission patch.

The ISS National Laboratory, which manages all non-NASA research aboard the space station, regularly partners with different organizations in order to design its yearly patches. Doug Chiang, the creative director of Lucasfilm, was directly involved in selecting who would ultimately design the patch. His choice? Kelly Smith and Stacy Vogel, co-owners of Everly Design.

The team took elements of an iconic Star Wars scene, the twin suns of Tatooine, for inspiration for the patch’s colors. Chiang also wanted to include Star Wars’ droids on the patch; after all, the ISS plays a crucial role in enhancing and advancing technology.

As you can see, the final design features the Millennium Falcon, the Death Star, the ISS, and K-2SO, Chopper, and BB-8. The team also talks about the challenges of representing the vast universe of Star Wars with just one patch, as well as incorporating the ISS National Lab’s mission into the design.