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Artist Shepard Fairey creates patch for new International Space Station mission

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Artist Shepard Fairey may be best known for Obey Giant and his Barack Obama "Hope" poster, but his latest work will be conquering an entirely different realm: outer space. The artist has designed the patch for an upcoming mission to the International Space Station called ARK1 — Advanced Science and Research — that will run from September 2013 through March 2014. ARK1 will be the first flight managed by the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), a non-profit organization that was set up by the US Congress in order to help promote research aboard the ISS.

CASIS had originally contract a design agency in Florida called Fiction to design the patch; Fiction then brough Fairey onto the project. While the badge is different from Fairey's traditional work, his trademark graphic design sensibilities are still apparent in the finished product. According to the artist, he wanted his design to convey the most appealing visual aspects of the ISS, even when working with the relatively small area of a patch. "It's a really special thing," Fairey said in a statement. "I'm just flattered and honored that I could create something that becomes just a small symbol of how things can move forward."