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T O P I C R E V I E Wjustin13I come across this image from time to time, and I'm rather curious. NASA calls it the Pioneer 10/11 mission patch in the NSSDCA, and the image is borrowed on sites like Wikipedia, but I don't see it anywhere else. It appears physical patches were made at one point, but I wonder how many, and how long ago the supply dried up. Has anyone seen one in person?PhilipI have other Pioneer 10/11 patches...Robert PearlmanThough clearly a different run, Duane King (who ran the successful Kickstarter for the replica Pioneer plaque) has reproductions of this patch and another for sale.justin13Good to know there's a nice reproduction out there!Kevin T. RandallAB Emblem has just released and listed on its website a 4" replica/recreation of the original Pioneer 10/11 patch. This replica patch has the SKU patch design number 446655. This patch is made in China.The date code used is confirmed as;446655 Made In China 09/22 01 (old style white label without crown logo)446655 A-B Emblem Made In China 09/22 01446655 A-B Emblem 10/22 01 (missing Made In China)There is also a 3" diameter round version with the following details on the embedded labels;283160 Made In China 02/18 01 with old style white label (seen on eBay 12-05-23)LiemboYikes, it looks like A-B Emblem worked off of the Duane King version instead of the original because it's a pale comparison to the original in accuracy and detail. Ken HavekotteI have this original and large patch that I will try to locate as Pioneer 10/11 are at the top of my favorite all-time deep space probes. The program patch I have is vintage (not a reproduction of any kind) from the early 1970's. It had been gifted to me by a Pioneer launch team member from Launch Complex 36. Just from a quick glance, the fabric used on that first patch depiction in my opinion looks exactly like the original I have.J BlackburnDoes anyone know what the original size was of this patch, 3 inch, 4 inch, or somewhere in between? After looking at both replicas from above one is a 3 inch diameter and the other is a 4 inch diameter. In my opinion a replica should be true to size of the original and will help with determining which one I purchase.LiemboLooks like there's another vintage version out there and based on the way Jupiter was detailed, this might be the one that A-B Emblem emulated, though there are still differences in the probe itself. This is a 4" patch with a cheesecloth back.Ken HavekotteIt's hard not having the patch referred to in front of my eyes, but mine was at least 6" diameter (it was a large issue) and may had been used on the back of a launch team member's jacket.J BlackburnThank you Liem and Ken for the diameter info.spaceman446655 09/22 01 Made in China446655 10/22 01 AB Emblem crown logo
NASA calls it the Pioneer 10/11 mission patch in the NSSDCA, and the image is borrowed on sites like Wikipedia, but I don't see it anywhere else. It appears physical patches were made at one point, but I wonder how many, and how long ago the supply dried up. Has anyone seen one in person?
The date code used is confirmed as;
There is also a 3" diameter round version with the following details on the embedded labels;
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