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Jacques van Oene
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posted 02-18-2006 05:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jacques van Oene     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here is another patch from Mission Control. Who knows more about this patch and its history and is it still in use?

Bill Hunt
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posted 02-18-2006 09:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bill Hunt   Click Here to Email Bill Hunt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've got one of these too, and though I could be mistaken, it seems to me that this is a Randy Hunt replica patch. I'm trying to recall if that's who I got mine from, and as best as I can remember that's who it came from. Can anyone else confirm this?

HouseDadX4
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posted 02-18-2006 11:09 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mine came from Mary Wagner out in Virginia. I've had mine a long time.

Jacques van Oene
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posted 02-19-2006 12:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jacques van Oene     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mine is also from Mary Wagner. But that is all I know about this patch.

Bill Hunt
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posted 02-19-2006 03:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bill Hunt   Click Here to Email Bill Hunt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Okay, that explains it then. I'm pretty sure mine came from Randy, but I know he's resold Wagner patches. Do you suppose this is based on some internal logo design at JSC?

Jacques van Oene
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posted 02-19-2006 03:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jacques van Oene     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a drawing of I think the artwork for this patch, it came from Spaceflight magazine. Have to look where I have it, but I still want to now if it's real or not and if it is still in use and who made the design. Are there photos of it somewhere that show the patch in MCC?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 07-07-2006 06:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You can see this emblem projected on the MCC screens in this STS-121 photograph.

Naraht
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posted 07-07-2006 08:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Naraht   Click Here to Email Naraht     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Interesting. Gene Kranz says quite a bit about the Mission Control patch in his autobiography, but nothing (I think) about this one. So I would guess that it came about after his time, but that's only a guess...

Jacques van Oene
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posted 09-13-2006 12:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jacques van Oene     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ok got some good info about the patch and made a page on my website (Go to patch index, and then click NASA).
The insignia is intended to represent the activities of past, present, and future NASA Flight Directors in their role of providing leadership and direction for conducting Manned Space Flight.

The bottom two stars on the insignia represent the involvement of the Flight Crews and the Ground Support Elements, respectively. The arrow pointing outward into space represents the Flight Director in pulling the elements together to support and respond to the needs of the Program, which is represented by the highest star. This star represents all the Manned Programs: Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, ASTP, Skylab, Space Transportation System (STS), and Space Station. The "orbit" signifies the role of the Flight Director in the on-orbit operations relative to the Programs. The "solid wing" symbol on the emblem denotes the Flight Director role in aerodynamic flight activities: launch and entry. The orbit and wing symbols were borrowed from the original NASA seal to add a sense of tradition to the emblem and to include all activities of space flight.

The insignia in the form of a pin is intended to be worn by those Flight Directors who have previously flown a mission in the MCC. New Flight Directors will have to "earn their wings" before the pin can be worn.

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