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Shepard Fairey Designs 'Ark 1' International Space Station Patch

05/04/2013 12:34 BST | Updated 05/06/2013 10:12 BST

The designer who created the iconic 'Hope' poster for Barack Obama's 2008 campaign has designed a patch for astronauts aboard the International Space Station.

Shepard Fairey designed the patch on behalf of the Center of Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), who run the US National Laboratory on the ISS.

The patch is for a mission named Advancing Research Knowledge 1 (ARK1), the first sponsored payload mission sponsored by the group.

"It's a really special thing. I'm just flattered and honored that I could create something that becomes just a small symbol of how things can move forward. The excitement of the unknown. To be part of that, is really a cool thing," said Fairey, also known for creating the Obey fashion label.

The patch was first announced back in March at the Engadget Expand conference. It caught our eye after a profile in Dezeen, via Matt Hill at T3.

"The unveiling of this patch signifies a historic moment in the aerospace community, where a third-party entity is moving forward to send payloads to the ISS that will benefit all humankind," said CASIS Interim Executive Director Jim Royston.

"Having a gifted and celebrated artist like Shepard Fairey designing this significant patch allows CASIS to reach new audiences that will enhance our mission of promoting the National Lab."