Star Trek art designer Mike Okuda will be recognized next month for his contributions to the look of the U.S. space program
As reported by Wired, Okuda, well-known to Star Trek fans for his many contributions over the years dating back to the days of Star Trek: The Next Generation, will receive the NASA Exceptional Public Service Medal for his work on multiple exploration missions. Okuda’s design work for Project Constellation includes program emblemsfor the Altair, Ares, Constellation and Orion program. Okuda designedthe mission patch for the most recent shuttle mission, STS-125, whichrepaired the Hubble Space Telescope.
In the past, Okuda has done design work for Kennedy Space Center, NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. and the Johnson Space Center in Texas.
Okuda will receive his medal in a ceremony to be held on July 9 at the Johnson Space Center in Houston.
“For a kid who grew up watching the Apollo astronauts walking on the moon, this is incredibly cool,” said Okuda.
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