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Tom
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posted 11-27-2009 11:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tom   Click Here to Email Tom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Do you believe that the last three shuttle patches (STS-132, -134 and -133) each flying the last flight of an orbiter will signify that in some way?

KSCartist
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posted 11-27-2009 12:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I know 132 will. But I can't speak for 134 and 133.

Tom
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posted 11-27-2009 02:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tom   Click Here to Email Tom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks, Tim... can't wait to see the results.

dogcrew5369
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posted 11-29-2009 12:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dogcrew5369   Click Here to Email dogcrew5369     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Do you know when the STS-132 patch will be unveiled and does anyone know if the Launch-On-Need (LON) Atlantis contingency flight will have patches made like the LON for STS-125 rescue?

Can't believe there are only three more shuttle patches to unveil. There will certainly be an emptiness there for us mission patch collectors, especially since I've always liked the STS patches over the ISS patches.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 11-29-2009 01:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The STS-132 patch is in the final stages of approval and will be revealed soon.
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Originally posted by dogcrew5369:
...patches made like the LON for STS-125 rescue?
The primary reason that STS-400 (the STS-125 LON) crew had special patches was because they trained separately as a crew, their flight plan being unique to the shuttle's history. Like all the other launch-on-need crews, STS-133's contingency flight requires no special training; it is an ISS rendezvous and docking mission, just as with the remaining manifested flights.

GoesTo11
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posted 11-29-2009 09:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoesTo11   Click Here to Email GoesTo11     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by dogcrew5369:
Can't believe there are only three more shuttle patches to unveil. There will certainly be an emptiness there for us mission patch collectors, especially since I've always liked the STS patches over the ISS patches.

It's almost surreal, isn't it? Not only as a collector but as a space enthusiast... Watching STS-1 land on TV was one of my earliest memories. The Shuttle has been with me virtually my entire life, and I can't quite get my mind around the fact that the end is just over a single year away.

AstronautBrian
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posted 11-29-2009 10:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for AstronautBrian   Click Here to Email AstronautBrian     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by GoesTo11:
It's almost surreal, isn't it? Not only as a collector but as a space enthusiast... Watching STS-1 land on TV was one of my earliest memories. The Shuttle has been with me virtually my entire life, and I can't quite get my mind around the fact that the end is just over a single year away.

I know what you mean. The shuttle is the only thing I've ever known, being born after Apollo. I know a lot of people who do remember Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo look on that as the glory days, but for us "shuttle era" kids, I for one will miss watching the big white bird.

Mike Z
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posted 11-30-2009 12:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike Z   Click Here to Email Mike Z     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It will be interesting to see which astronauts stay after shuttle is retired and how they will move on.

I remember Alan Shepard's launch on my 7th birthday, Gemini and Apollo very well. All were extremely exciting but none of those programs lasted 30 years. It will be sad. I also wonder what NASA and the news media will do to honor the Shuttle Program.

dogcrew5369
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posted 11-30-2009 01:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for dogcrew5369   Click Here to Email dogcrew5369     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by GoesTo11:
The Shuttle has been with me virtually my entire life, and I can't quite get my mind around the fact that the end is just over a single year away.
You said it right, I remember sitting in 4th grade class with a tv wheeled in for everyone to watch the landing of STS-1. So long ago now, yet not. The fact that something that's been around since 4th grade for me and I follow on a regular basis will be gone forever. The shuttle connected me with my childhood which is long over and now shuttle too only to be read about. I guess I'm just a little sentimental.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 01-27-2010 10:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
AB Emblem must be anticipating a strong demand for the final three shuttle mission patches (and probably rightly so).

In an uncharacteristic move, they have begun taking pre-orders from its large distributors for STS-132, STS-134 and STS-133 patches and pins even before the artwork has been approved or the designs released by NASA.

We will enter your order so that you will earn a "spot" in production when designs have been finalized. This will allow us to schedule our machines to get emblems to you in a timely fashion.

Emblems and pins will be produced 20-25 days after final approval of the embroidered designs by the astronaut office. We will be working closely with them to insure receipt of your products prior to launch dates.

This pre-order process is for bulk purchases only; public sales will come after the patches are released.

jasonelam
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posted 06-09-2010 07:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jasonelam   Click Here to Email jasonelam     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is there any information on the STS-133 patch? I've noticed that many of the patches have been released very early, including 134's.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 06-09-2010 01:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From what I hear, the STS-133 patch is due out soon.

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