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An eagle depicted on NRA poster

The eagle was a large raptor native to 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 assignment patches 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") A blue eagle was also a symbol of the NRA. (TNG: "The Big Goodbye")

The lunar module for Apollo 11 was named after the bird in its patch. The species of eagle depicted was the bald eagle.

Commander Chakotay's Native American tribe had a saying: "Even the eagle must know when to sleep," which Chakotay related when he felt Captain Kathryn Janeway was spending too much of her time on New Earth searching for a cure for their viral illness. (VOY: "Resolutions")

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