This design celebrates the upcoming 2012 50th anniversary of Scott Carpenter's Aurora 7 mission, which was launched on May 24, 1962. The astronauts did not have mission patches in those days so to distinguish their mission, they gave their spacecraft radio call signs and had art painted on their spacecraft similar to the aircraft "nose art" made popular during World War II.
The original Aurora 7 art was painted by Cece Bibby
The four stars represent that Carpenter was the fourth American launched into space. The two stars together above represent the fact that he flew the second orbital mission.
The three orbits of the mission are represented as well as the fact that Aurora 7 landed downrange upon re-entry.
Along with Carpenter's name are a silver Mercury 7 emblem and gold Astronaut Symbol.
The patch is approximately 6 inches high and 3.5 inches wide with a hot-knife edge border. It is fully embroidered The predominate colors are Navy Blue background trimmed in gold as Commander Carpenter is a Naval Aviator.
Personally commissioned by Scott Carpenter, artists Tim Gagnon, working Jorge Cartes, designed this patch as a one time collectible to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Mercury-Atlas 7.
The patch has been produced in a finite edition of 300 patches. Of these, 62 — in honor of the launch year of 1962 — were numbered and autographed by Carpenter.