Amidst thousands of onlookers, NASA heralded in the next generation of space exploration with the launch of the Orion EFT 1 flight this morning at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fl. Unbeknownst to most, the flight's cargo contained a little piece of Baton Rouge as it ventured beyond low earth orbit for the first time in forty years.
As part of the LSU Space Day activities hosted in March, participating schools presented a custom designed Orion mission patch, as astronaut crews do for their missions. The winning patch, designed by Parkview Baptist students, flew on this morning's mission.
Designed by artist Zachary Donze, the mission patch's catchphrase, "Going Above and Beyond" has multiple meanings:
Once the Orion safely returns to earth, NASA will recover the contents and representatives from Lockheed Martin will present the patch to Mrs. Fitzgerald and the Parkview Baptist students who participated in LSU Space Day.
For more information on the flight, please visit NASA's website.