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"From Dreams to Orbit", NASA Patch Artist Tim Gagnon

Tim’s talk, “From Dreams to Orbit” or How a Shy Nerdy Kid became “The Patch Guy” will educate and (hopefully entertain) people about how mission patches are designed. After the talk, we will host an informal patch workshop where visitors can have the chance to design their own NASA patches. Tim will be briefly available to chat with people about their designs before selling his patches.

Born and raised in East Hartford, CT, a fascination with space exploration and art came early for Tim. He combined these two passions, first as an artist commemorating different aspects of the space program, and then later designing NASA patches to actually contribute to the space program. Some of his most famous artworks include “On the Shoulders of Giants” a 4’ x 8’ acrylic on board of the 12 moonwalkers, “One Small Step… For a Woman” in honor of Eileen Collins becoming the first woman to command a spaceflight, and “Past is Prologue” a 48” x 24” piece celebrating 50 years of America in space.

Beginning in 2004, Tim has designed patches for Expeditions 25, 26, 27, 29, 30, 34, One Year, 47 and 48 to the International Space Station and for the following crews STS-120, STS-126, STS-127, STS-129, STS-132, STS-133 and STS-135. He also designed a ten-part series of patches to “Celebrate 50 years of America in Space.” Gagnon has served as director of the Young Astronaut Program in Connecticut from 1986-1991 and in Merritt Island, FL from 1999-2005 to promote space science education for children. For more information on Tim, visit

Earlier Event: September 16
Space School
Later Event: September 16
Tonight's Sky