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jrkeller
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posted 12-06-2004 02:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jrkeller   Click Here to Email jrkeller     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was wondering if anyone knows why the constellation of Orion appears on the Apollo Program Logo?

KenDavis
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posted 12-06-2004 03:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KenDavis   Click Here to Email KenDavis     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm only guessing, but it may be some of the stars in the constellation were used as tracking stars for the on-board navigation checks?

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posted 01-03-2005 06:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for James913   Click Here to Email James913     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Based on other designs, NASA has always liked to use constellations on the patches that reflect the number of crew members involved — e.g., the constellation Columba (the dove) was on the STS-107 patch — the seven stars represent the STS mission crew members and "the original 7 astronauts who paved the way to make research in space possible".

There may be a more symbolic connection to Orion (hunter for knowledge?), but I'll bet that the three belt stars primarily represent the three Apollo crew on each mission.

liftoff1
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posted 11-22-2013 07:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for liftoff1   Click Here to Email liftoff1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I recently obtained two 3-inch "Apollo NASA" patches. The two patches exhibit several differences that I don't find mentioned on the crewpatches.com website.

The patch on the left has seven stars in the upper field while the patch on the right shows nine. Also, the contrail from the spacecraft on the left patch doesn't begin on the right hand side of the moon whereas the contrail on the right patch does.

I know next to nothing about patches and am wondering how may variations of this 3" patch might exist.

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posted 11-23-2013 02:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaced out   Click Here to Email spaced out     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Are these both bare cloth back versions? I don't try to cover modern plastic backed versions on my site.

liftoff1
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posted 11-23-2013 05:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for liftoff1   Click Here to Email liftoff1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, they are bare cloth backed.

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posted 11-25-2013 01:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaced out   Click Here to Email spaced out     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Looking at the more detailed image I think the example on the left is simply an error patch, with a couple of white thread elements not executed in the design.

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