NASA SpaceX Crew-3 Mission Patch by AB Emblem
MADE in the USA
Approximately 3 3/4" x 4 1/4"
SpaceX Crew-3 is the third operational flight of a Crew Dragon spacecraft, and the fourth overall crewed orbital flight of the Commercial Crew Program. The mission successfully launched on 11 November 2021 at 02:03:31 UTC to the International Space Station.
At a NASA briefing held on 2 May 2021, Steve Stich, program manager of NASA's commercial crew program, said Crew-3 will use a new Crew Dragon that is currently being built. The Crew-3 mission will transport three NASA astronauts and one ESA astronaut to the International Space Station for a six-month long-duration
The mission will send up German ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer. NASA astronauts Raja Chari and Thomas Marshburn were added on 14 December 2020 to the crew. The fourth seat was left open in anticipation that a Russian cosmonaut would take the seat, marking the beginning of a barter agreement that would see NASA and Roscosmos trade seats on the Soyuz and Commercial Crew Vehicles, although in April 2021 then-acting NASA administration Steve Jurczyk said that this agreement would be unlikely to start until after Crew-3 had launched. The fourth seat was allocated to Kayla Barron in May 2021."