For the opening design salvo of 2012, we decided to create an emblem to commemorate the flight of space shuttle Endeavour to California this summer. The goal was to make it similar to Discovery Chase Team emblem in overall spirit, but we also wanted it to be unique to the occasion. Instead of the red and black ribbon used on the DCT emblem (Max-Q colors), we used a golden ribbon for Endeavour, as she traveled from one sunny coast to another in the United States. The patriotic elements of red, white and blue returned for this design in the form of the rising sun rays, blue Earth and red and white stars trailing the SCA/orbiter stack (25 stars for 25 spaceflights of Endeavour).
- Nathan Moeller