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The eagle was a large bird-of-prey on Earth. In the United States of America, the eagle was the national symbol and was used in art as a representation of the nation in defense and exploration. The eagle was depicted on the mission insignias for Apollo 11, Apollo 16, Apollo 17, STS-36, STS-51C, and STS-54. For Apollo 11, the eagle was clutching an olive branch in its talons, which was symbolic of the peaceful nature of the mission. (Star Trek: Insurrection; VOY: "Non Sequitur"; ENT: "First Flight")

The lunar module for Apollo 11 was named after the bird in its mission insignia. The species of eagle depicted was the bald eagle.
The Federation starship USS Eagle was named after the Apollo 11 spacecraft.

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