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[i]The mission patch for Apollo 15 was basically designed by the Italian dress designer, Emilio Pucci.
We had as a crew evaluated some 540 different designs for our crew patch. They appeared either too mechanical or too complicated or to have nothing to do with the flight, so finally, through a mutual friend, we asked Pucci if he would help us with the design.
Now, Pucci, as I best recall, was an aeronautical engineer and had a good feeling for flight. With his artistic nature, we felt that he would be very helpful in the patch design.
He did send us a design which was basically the same as the patch we eventually used, however, the colors were in the normal Pucci blues, purples and greens. We took his design, changed it from a square to a circular patch, made it red, white and blue and put a lunar background behind the three stylized birds that were the major Pucci contribution.
The symbology is of three stylized birds flying over the lunar surface, each indicating one of us who were on the flight.
The lunar surface behind the patch shows the landing site (next to Hadley Rille at the foot of the Apennine Mountains) and directly behind the stylized birds is a crater formation that spells "15" in Roman Numerals.
You can also see from the stylized birds that they fly in formation with one on top and two closer to the lunar surface, indicating those who actually landed.[/i]
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