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[b]Limited Edition Apollo 7 Patch[/b]
As the backup crew for Apollo 1, our intention was to focus on NASA's recovery from the fire on the pad. Our original concept was to depict a Saturn 1B rising from a ball of fire and call it the Phoenix. Al Steven's, of North American Rockwell, gave us a couple of nice sketches.
All patch designs are subject to NASA approval and we abandoned the Phoenix theme feeling it would be rejected as in bad taste. Wally asked me to give Stevens a new idea.
I focused on the earth orbital nature of our mission. After some discussion with Donn Eisele, I sketched out the round Earth with the command module in elliptical orbit front of it. The orbital plane was tilted for artistic reasons. From my sketches, Al Stevens did the final artwork and Wally approved the final design.
Calling our spacecraft "Phoenix" was out. Following the first manned Gemini mission, NASA adopted a policy against naming spacecraft. They were out of favor until Apollo 9, when having two spacecraft on the same radio frequency at the same time made it essential.
I do not recall who manufactured our original patch. I did not copyright the design and it has been copied many times, both officially and commercially, in various sizes and usually with slightly different colors. The lousy copies finally motivated me to work with Tim Gagnon to create as accurate a reproduction of our original patch as possible.
The limited edition of 300 is of higher quality than the original with a built-in means for me to determine authenticity. The limited edition patches are available only on my website, are numbered on the back and come with a certificate of authenticity.
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