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From: Seminole, Fla.
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posted 09-02-2009 08:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Go4Launch   Click Here to Email Go4Launch     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Outpointing this oddball article on Wired, simply as an unusual topic for the "popular press," triggered no doubt by the recent Colbert patch buzz.


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posted 09-03-2009 12:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for hoorenz   Click Here to Email hoorenz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
About the Mir-24 patch, designed by Luc van den Abeelen (and NOT a NASA patch), they write:
Here, we see a patch from NASA 6/Mir 24 mission where Mir acts as the hammer of the traditional Communist symbol, the hammer and sickle.
Funny: this is not a sickle, but a wrench, to symbolize the Mir-repairs following the Mir/Progress collision. It is not the first time someone sees something in this patch that is not there.

In fact, Luc designed this logo (minus the wrench) for Talgat Musabayev's Mir-25, with the original Mir-24 having some symbols related to the Pegase mission of French cosmonaut Leopold Eyharts. Eyharts was moved downstream because of the Progress accident, so the patches were switched.

The magazine Novosti Kosmonavtiki later claimed this patch had a "terrible mistake": according to them, Luc had added a "Moslem demilune" to the original EO-25 version of the patch as a symbol for Musabayev. When the designs switched, Luc had "forgotten" to remove it. "The Moslem demilune remained on the emblem. What did it refer to on EO-24? Nothing."

Like the Lucid Mir-21 patch, the original Mir-24 embroidered patch was produced by Spaceview / Aviation Patch Supplies in the Netherlands. For some reason, AB Emblem is selling copies (including the misspelled name of Solovyev that was in the first versions of the design).

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