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Scott Carpenter's Aurora 7 50th anniversary patch
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.
|divemaster||On behalf of myself and Scott Carpenter, I want to say what a pleasure it was to work with Tim (KSCArtist) and Jorge (KAPTEC). True professionals from the word "go". Their talent is amazing.|
|KAPTEC||The pleasure has been mine (I'm sure that I can say 'our'). Thank you so much.|
|KSCartist||Thank you Tracy. It was an honor to be asked.|
|Michael Clemente||I received my patch today. It is an unsigned patch and it is #111/228. The patch really looks great and would be a great addition to anyones collection. Thanks for producing these patches and making them available to us. |
|divemaster||Seems like such a long time since the original idea was hatched until the first patches have finally ended up in the first owners' hands. I think it is a wonderful tribute to our hobby for Scott to commission this piece and I think it is also a wonderful tribute from our hobby to show Scott how much we all admire him to add his patch to our collections, practically sight unseen, as a reminder how the early Mercury astronauts really laid it all on the line. |
I'm sure that as more patches, both signed and unsigned, end up in the hands of collectors, the balance will blow out in a matter of days.
It will be a wonderful item to hold on to and hand them down to generations to come.
|Dave Clow||Just got mine and it's an elegant tribute. Well done. |
|dogcrew5369||Just received my unsigned patch #124. Awesome design and colors. Love the capsule outline.|
|Sam Que||I received patch #13 today, very nice. Very large signature by Scott Carpenter on the rear of the patch.|
|skye12||Received mine, #112 this week and they are really beautiful, much nicer than I expected.|
Thanks for making these available.
|lunarrv15||#20 here. today. whoever gets #62, reveal your self.|
quote: We aim to please. Glad your satisfied with your patch. The feedback both on and off line has been extremely positive. Tim did a great job with the design and Scott took great care when signing the 62 in the signature series.
Originally posted by skye12:
Thanks for making these available.
|GACspaceguy||#25 has arrived in Georgia and I agree that the design and distribution is outsanding, Thanks!!|
|Joel Katzowitz||I received signed patch #27 several days ago.|
|mama04||Signed patch number 17 has savely reached it's new home and I can say it's beautiful!|
A big thank you to Scott Carpenter and Steve for making it possible. For anyone who still doubts if he should buy this patch I can only say: highly recommended!
|ddrwilli||Just received #39! Beautiful patch! Thanks to Commander Carpenter and all involved!|
|Gilbert||Received mine yesterday. It does look even better in person vs. the photographs. Thanks to Scott Carpenter, Tracy K. and Steve H.|
|Peter Kemp||I received my patches (#26 signed and #123 unsigned) here in the UK on the 28th July. Wonderful workmanship on these great patches which I am having framed to display with a signed 8x10 of Mr. Carpenter.|
|Dan Lorraine||I received 49 today ... and while the orignal posting that I saw on cS indicated that the patches were signed and numbered by Carpenter, mine was only signed. Is this how all of them were signed? Now I did get a letter of authenticity that did specifically mention number 49, but it was not on my patch. |
|J Blackburn||Are these patches still available and if so where can one be purchased? What is the price per patch?|
Originally posted by J Blackburn:
Are these patches still available and if so where can one be purchased? What is the price per patch?
Email Steve Hankow (firstname.lastname@example.org) for info/availability. I just bought a second (unsigned) patch from him a few weeks ago.
|J Blackburn||I received mine today and it is a beautiful patch. Steve at Farthest Reaches was great to do business with. |