The modules were assembled in Italy and named Leonardo, Donatello, and Raffaello to commemorate these great talents in Italian history:
- Leonardo da Vinci, an extraordinary inventor-scientist, civil engineer, architect, artist and military planner and weapons designer
- Donato di Niccolo Di Betto Bardi, one of the greatest sculptors of all time and one of the founders of modern sculpture
- Raffaello Sanzio, an artist whose work stands alone for its visual achievement of human grandeur, both in clarity of form and ease of composition.
With the images that come to mind with those three… heck, with da Vinic alone… you can imagine any one of a number of possible sources they might draw upon to create an emblem.
So, of course, when NASA created a patch to represent the modules, they went straight for…
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!
The modules themselves have been around for nearly a decade, but the patch seems to be of more recent vintage.
Maybe not the best NASA patch ever, but still a pretty amusing one.