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Apollo14LMP
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posted 03-22-2008 04:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Apollo14LMP   Click Here to Email Apollo14LMP     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am inquiring about the so-called Apollo "Launch Team" tie pins.

I have bought a few pins: Apollo 10, 12, 13.

My question is this where do they originate from, who would have been issued with them?

Go4Launch
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posted 03-24-2008 09:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Go4Launch   Click Here to Email Go4Launch     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
These pins were for sale during Apollo at Cape Kennedy Medals, Beach One and other Cocoa/Cocoa Beach souvenir shops. From Apollo 12 through 17 they were available with a gold- or silver-colored finish.

Apollo14LMP
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posted 03-29-2008 05:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Apollo14LMP   Click Here to Email Apollo14LMP     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you for that information...

I was of the opinion that these pins were issued to Flight Controllers possibly by NASA? Lots of them on eBay of late.

But nice pieces nonetheless!

Go4Launch
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posted 04-09-2008 09:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Go4Launch   Click Here to Email Go4Launch     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Glad to help. It's good practice, however, to observe the distinction between the launch team at KSC and the flight team in Houston.

Both centers had excellent teamwork -- but let's just say that the launch team was a club whose members would wear these pins with a definite KSC pride.

As you suggest, it's certainly possible a contractor or even NASA might have bought some to hand out at the Cape -- but it's also true that an KSC employee or a tourist could buy these during Apollo in Cocoa Beach for about $3.00 each or less.

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