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The STS- 61 crew insignia depicts the astronaut symbol superimposed against the sky, with the Earth underneath. The two circles represent the optical configuration of the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). Light is focused by reflections from a large primary mirror and a smaller secondary mirror. The light is analyzed by various instruments and, according to the crewmembers, "brings to us on Earth knowledge about planets, stars, galaxies and other celestial objects, allowing us to better understand the complex physical processes at work in the universe." The Space Shuttle Endeavour is also represented as the fundamental tool that allows the crew to perform the first servicing of the Hubble Space Telescope. Lines converging to a high point are also a symbolic representation of the large-scale Earth-based effort to reach goals of knowledge and perfection.