The STS-8 crew wore the standard AB Emblem embroidered mission emblems on their flight suits and on their in-flight clothing, thus there
is no rare 'crew patch' version of the mission insignia. However, the crew did produce a joke patch for the mission known
generally as the 'eyes' patch.
The patch was designed by Dan Brandenstein. One explanation for the design is that the eyes on the right are those of mission Commander Richard Truly,
whose experience leaves him calm whilst the rookie crew members on the left look out of the window with wide eyes. The other version is
that the eyes on the right are those of Dr Bill Thornton whose investigation into space sickness required him to draw blood from the other crew
members, whose frightened eyes are shown on the left.