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This design honors the men and women of Project Mercury in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the program - 1961-2011!
The central themes of the design are the emblems that were painted onto the side of the Mercury spacecraft. These emblems were chosen by the astronauts who flew to illustrate their feelings about the program. You will note that "Freedom 7" and "Liberty Bell 7" are below the horizon. This illustrates that these two missions were sub-orbital. The earth has directional stitching to represent the water and the continents. The other four missions rise above the Earth's horizon into orbit. The Sun, just beginning to rise, highlights the fact that these missions were our first forays into space. The Greek Symbol of the Planet Mercury with the number "7" inside was adopted as the astronaut's symbol for their group. The surnames of the astronauts who flew the missions surround the patch in the border. Donald Slayton's name is in gold to signify his appointment as Chief Astronaut in charge of crew assignments.
The patch is 8" in diameter with a merrowed border. The area of "space" above the earth is black twill which allows the astronauts' artwork to be highlighted in a three dimensional effect.
This design was created by Tim Gagnon of Titusville, Florida, a graphic and portrait artist with a lifelong passion for space exploration. His work is on display at the Kennedy Space Center, City Hall in Elmira, NY and the International Space Station.
The part number for this design is 170004. Pricing is the same as our other 8" emblems. Please contact your Account Executive to place your order. This emblem will be available after the first of the year.
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